Ready for Anything: Preparation and Strengthened Connections

Could the operations of your library withstand any threat, natural or otherwise? So many people rely on libraries, which provide critical support that makes the prosperity of communities possible. By preparing together with partners and organizations, libraries can be ready for ruptures in continuity of operations, and common problems can be avoided or mitigated in the face of disasters.

If you would like to learn ways to build stronger connections, plan in partnership with others successfully, and get back to normal operations more quickly, register for the virtual town hall, COPEWELL: Improving Community Resilience in the Face of Disaster, from Texas State University’s Center of Excellence for Community Health and Economic Resilience Research (CHERR) in partnership with the Johns Hopkins University Center for Health Security.

At the upcoming town hall, CHERR will present information about the COPEWELL framework, including testimonials from COPEWELL users. “Developed by a team from Johns Hopkins University and the University of Delaware, COPEWELL is comprised of a suite of evidence-based tools that leverage county-level data to help communities identify gaps and improve community functioning before, during, and after disasters,” said Jessica Schneider, Resilience Research Programs Director at Texas State University. This is an opportunity to reevaluate, re-strategize, sharpen your plans and associations, and increase effective communication and collaboration so that your communities bounce back very soon after difficult conditions or events. It is also a great reminder that, by joining forces, we do not have to do everything alone. Together, we can discover others who share the same drive to support the success and well-being of community members, swapping ideas that will make our lives safer, easier, and more productive. Plan, prepare, and prosper together —sign up to attend the town hall using the link provided below.

Every year, Texans experience a variety of hazards, from tropical storms and wildfires to disease outbreaks, winter weather, and more.

These hazards impact local communities and economies, and public libraries often serve as a critical hub of information and connection for their communities during response and recovery. 

What if we could improve our community resilience to these hazards before they strike and minimize their effects on our communities?

Join us for a two-day virtual town hall to learn about COPEWELL, a free, evidence-based tool that improves community resilience by helping identify gaps in recovery efforts and improve functioning before, during, and after disasters.

We believe that public libraries will find the tool particularly valuable, because the COPEWELL framework recognizes the role of community partners, including libraries, in its approach to holistic disaster response and preparation.
Check out our website to learn more about COPEWELL and what you will learn at the town hall.

If you think others in your organization/network would be interested in attending the town hall, please feel free to forward this email to them.

We hope to see you there!
If you have questions about the event, please contact Rex Long, Doctoral Research Assistant, or Jessica Schneider, Resilience Research Programs Director.

For immediate assistance, please call our center at 512-245-0444.
COPEWELL research is supported by CDC contract 75D30120C09492

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