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About the Summit

The GPLS Facilities & Disaster Preparedness Summit is a 3-day conference designed to equip public librarians and other cultural heritage workers with the tools they need to create customized natural disaster plans tailored to their institutions. The Summit will address preparedness and recovery plans for both building facilities and materials collections, as well as other relevant topics like crisis communications, mutual aid agreements, and working with GEMA and FEMA.

At the end of the Summit, attendees will be able to:

  • Recognize the possible major natural threats to their institution

  • Identify resources for creating a disaster preparedness and response plan

  • Create disaster response procedures and plan for continuity of operations

  • Work with local, state, and federal agencies and vendors for recovery efforts


Nathan ‘Nate’ Rall
Director of Library Planning & Construction
(404) 235-7153

Angela Stanley
Director of Georgia HomePLACE
(470) 304-0690

Intended Audience

Each library system may register one attendee; requests for additional attendees will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. The Summit is geared toward building and facilities managers, though some collections care and public relations topics will be addressed.


Registration, room, and board for the Summit is free to public library staff. The deadline for registration is January 11, 2019.


The summit with be held at:

Unicoi State Park & Lodge
1788 GA-356
Helen, Georgia 30545


  • Day 1: Monday, February 25th
    • 1pm-6pm (lunch and dinner provided)
  • Day 2: Tuesday, February 26th
    • 8am-8pm (breakfast, lunch, and dinner provided)
  • Day 3: Wednesday, February 27th
    • 8am-1pm (breakfast provided)

Selected Session Topics

  • When Disaster Strikes: A Tabletop Exercise
  • Introduction to Emergency Planning & Preparedness
  • Risk Assessment 101
  • Creating a Disaster Plan
  • Leveraging Local Networks
  • Emergency Response & Navigating Public Assistance
  • All Systems Go: Fire Detection, Alarms, and Sprinklers
  • Crisis Communications
  • Disaster at Your Building: A Panel Discussion
  • Collections Salvage and Recovery