Every library needs to have a disaster management plan in place before disaster strikes. This short but thorough manual makes preparing for disaster less intimidating. All library staff, from library volunteers to library directors and branch managers, have a role to play in preparing for and recovering from disaster. Written by an expert in preservation services, Crash Course in Disaster Preparedness contains all of the information library professionals need to prepare for an emergency, should one arise. Carmen Cowick identifies common terminology; teaches readers how to conduct risk assessment, how to write a disaster plan, and how to design emergency procedures; and introduces readers to the basic principles of salvaging. Throughout, Cowick shows readers how to prioritize library collections during a fire, flood, power outage, and other natural and human-caused disasters so as to maximize preservation of library materials.