In times of crisis, public libraries are critical municipal services. They have served as community meeting places, shelters, heating or cooling areas, places to charge phones, and places to distribute resources such as hot meals and cleaning kits. People evacuating away from a hurricane may stop at public libraries for information and assistance. JCPL is building its emergency capacity so the library can stay open (or reopen quickly) during hurricanes or similar emergencies. Through partnerships with the American Red Cross and FEMA, and advanced training for our staff, the library can keep its doors open even during the tough times. The library is ready to make a difference when it really counts–today and every day.