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Civil Legal Issues of Natural Disasters: Libraries Can Help

Thursday, September 22 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Register for this 60-minute webinar.

Legal aid attorneys will introduce the civil legal issues that arise during natural disasters and share how to support related patron information needs.

Natural disasters strike everywhere. In their wake, communities are left reeling and many people turn to their libraries for support and information. Your library may have plans to secure its facilities and collections in order to keep the doors open, but are you prepared to support patrons’ civil legal issues that arise? A host of urgent needs emerge around FEMA applications, landlord-tenant disputes, property issues, required documentation, and more. Libraries can play a crucial role connecting people with civil legal issues to resources and information that can help. Join this webinar to learn how to apply reference skills to support community members through this civil legal turmoil and guide them toward positive outcomes. Legal aid attorneys will share insights based on their personal disaster experiences to introduce library staff to civil legal issues that may arise during a variety of natural disasters.

And building on its Creating Pathways to Civil Legal Justice foundational course series, in September WebJunction will be launching a new set of courses, Navigating Civil Legal Issues of Natural Disasters, which will address how libraries can support the civil legal information needs of patrons that arise in a natural disaster. We’ll share more about the coming courses in the webinar.

Presented by: Shrushti Kothari, Disaster Grants Program Counsel at the Legal Services Corporation; Kathy Grunewald, Disaster Coordinator Attorney, Legal Services of North Florida; and Brooke Doyle, Sr. Project Coordinator, WebJunction, OCLC



Thursday, September 22
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Civil Legal Issues of Natural Disasters: Libraries Can Help