Is your library a heating, cooling, and powering center?
This may be an official municipal designation or a more informal decision made by the library trustees. The requirements for this level of service during an emergency are far lower than those for official Emergency Disaster Recovery Centers.
- Emergency Generator
- Adding the extra circuit and switch required for a generator is a great idea, whether or not you will purchase a generator with library funds. The emergency management agencies will appreciate the ease of plugging one into your connection.
- Another consideration is whether you want to power the entire library or only a portion of the building (usually the meeting room) during a power outage. If you want to power the whole building, you may decide to purchase an integrated generator as part of the electrical system.
- Solar Battery Backup
- If you have a PVA, or photovoltaic array, a set of battery backup panels can take the place of a fossil-fuel-powered generator. This technology is evolving rapidly, so talk to your solar energy consultant.
- After-hours access to your meeting room and restrooms becomes essential.
- Policy considerations must be considered, especially if this is an official municipal designation. Work with municipal emergency management personnel to determine expectations and roles.