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Disaster Relief Committee

Coordinates TLA's response to natural disasters that impact Texas libraries.

Committee Charge

  • Coordinates TLA’s response to all types of disasters that severely affect libraries in Texas;
  • Raises funds to build the Disaster Relief Endowment;
  • Prepares and distributes guidelines and the grant application form; determines from the TLA Executive Director the dollar amount available for grant award; and evaluates the application based on a set of criteria;
  • Provides training and resource materials on the prevention of disasters and on recovery strategies;
  • Notifies the TLA Executive Board of the condition of libraries experiencing disasters and the grant amount needed to provide assistance; and
  • Evaluates the effect of the grant award.


  • Increase the amount of the Endowment Fund to be prepared for statewide emergencies;
  • Increase awareness of the grants and the online resources;
  • Be alert for disasters affecting Texas libraries; and
  • Solicit photographs of libraries and library workers experiencing and/or recovering from disasters severely affecting library services

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