Bay Area Mutual Aid Network

The Bay Area Mutual Aid Network is an organization dedicated to encouraging and supporting disaster preparedness and response among its member libraries. Membership includes those libraries that originally joined the Disaster Response Mutual Aid Pact, an outgrowth of the Bay Area Preservation Network (BAPNet) in 1998. Their 5-year mutual aid contracts expired in 2003 and BAPNet no longer exists. Because the California State Library and the California Preservation Program (CPP) is committed to facilitating disaster recovery plans in as many California libraries as possible, the CPP requested its local representative, Mary Morganti, to reactivate and expand the network.

In January 2006, the mutual aid pact was reinstituted and renamed the Bay Area Mutual Aid Network (BAMAN).  The goals of BAMAN are:
     1)  to facilitate a network of people willing to help each other in times of local disaster with advice, support or actual recovery assistance;
     2)  to ensure the continuing viability of the Network; and
     3)  to establish and stock at least one more disaster response supplies container.

BAMAN currently owns 2 large cargo containers that are stocked with disaster recovery supplies. One container is located on the campus of Mills College in Oakland; another is in San Mateo County. Every BAMAN member has access to these supplies on an as-needs basis, as well as an up-to-date list of member libraries with contact information.  Contents of a third container owned by NARA, the National Archives and Records Administration, in San Bruno may also be made available to BAMAN members by special request in an emergency.

BAMAN members are kept informed of disaster planning meetings and related activities through its occasional News Notes, which are distributed by email to all contacts at member institutions.  BAMAN events have included “coffee at the container” at each of the 2 sites to allow members to see the locations, learn how to open the containers and to meet each other. BAMAN has also hosted disaster plan update workdays at which members with existing disaster preparedness plans can work on updating them and sharing information. BAMAN members are encouraged to attend CPP 2-day Disaster Preparedness Workshops and special water salvage workshops that are occasionally offered in the Bay Area.

BAMAN is open to and encourages new members. We would like to expand our network for mutual aid and increase the number of institutions with access to disaster response supplies. If you are interested in membership in BAMAN, please contact Mary Morganti at mlmorganti@aol.com, or Colyn Wohlmut at colyn.wohlmut@library.ca.gov.

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