Disaster Management Practices in Research Libraries in Kenya With Reference to the Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization
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Reducing disaster vulnerability is through mitigation. The purpose of the study was to assess disaster management approaches applied by the organization and suggest possible solutions on how to minimize disaster damage. The study specific objectives were to: establish the appropriateness of facilities available to manage and handle disaster incidents in research libraries, find out strategies and practices put in place to deal with disaster incidents, examine mitigation methods used to manage and support disaster risks, and determine the role of management in support of disaster preparedness in research libraries. The study used integrated disaster management model in relation to mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery against natural or man-made disasters. The study comprised a total representative sample population of 140 respondents from nine centers of Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization. The study adopted descriptive research design and data and information was collected using questionnaires and interview schedules. Quantitative data was analyzed using Microsoft Excel application and presented in form of charts, tables of frequencies and percentages while qualitative ones were coded through Statistical Package for Social Sciences. The study findings revealed that there is lack of institutional capacity to in terms of adequate financial resources. In addition the findings found out that Majority of personnel involved in disaster management were not adequately trained. The study also indicated that there were no strategies put in place nor adequate tools to implement planning and prevention to manage disasters. The study recommends that the institution needs create awareness for both the staff and clients in matters of disaster prevention, funding by the organization, staff training, policy formulation and implementation and routine risk assessment. The study is useful to professionals and policy makers involved in disaster management at all levels in the organization for disaster reduction to be achieved. This is significant in enhancing awareness and to a greater extent improving disaster management facilities.