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Disaster Resources

Selected Resources

Heritage Emergency National Task Force. Emergency Response and Salvage Wheel
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The Emergency Response and Salvage Wheel offers information on the steps to take during the first 48 hours after a disaster. Guidelines include the supplies needed, stabilizing the environment and collection, retrieval and salvaging, and damage assessment. The reverse side offers preservation steps for government records media, including electronic records, books, paper, and photographs.


The American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC)
Disaster and Recovery Resource Center

The American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works Disaster and Recovery Resource Center web site addresses initial disaster response steps, as well as salvaging water-damaged articles. The Salvage at a Glance chart offers handling, packing, and drying methods for most types of water damaged records and media.


Conservation OnLine (CoOL), Disaster Preparedness and Response

The Conservation OnLine, Disaster Preparedness and Response web page offers links to documents and reports on disaster preparedness, links to disaster preparedness sites and disaster plans, as well as disaster and emergency resources.


Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

The Federal Emergency Management Agency web site provides information on disaster preparedness, disaster assistance, and mitigation. Also available are emergency response action steps for the first 48 hours after a disaster has struck, and specific provisions to take during natural and technological disasters, which may be helpful when creating a disaster plan.


Library Preservation at Harvard

The web site for emergencies, disaster preparedness and response for Harvard libraries offers collections recovery procedures and general disaster resources. Available resources include a Checklist for First Response to a Disaster, recovery procedures for personal materials, recovery advice and services, and an Emergency Supply List.



Created from the merger of PALINET and SOLINET in early 2009.  The mission of Preservation Services division is to improve institutions' abilities to maintain long-term, cost-effective access to information resources in both traditional and networked collections. To accomplish our goal, Lyrasis provides comprehensive preservation services including disaster preparedness, training in preservation techniques, consulting and grant writing for preservation projects. In addition, we can also serve as a resource for your preservation activities to help minimize the physical and chemical deterioration and to prevent the loss of informational content.


Michigan Alliance for the Conservation of Cultural Heritage http://www.macch.org/?page_id=10

The Michigan Alliance for the Conservation of Cultural Heritage is a statewide organization composed of libraries, archives, museums, historical societies, and preservation networks, with the purpose of promoting the continued availability of Michigan's cultural resources for the enjoyment, education, and benefit of present and future generations. The web site links to Disaster Preparedness Planning addressing items to incorporate into a disaster plan.


Minnesota Historical Society (MHS), Conservation of Collections, Emergency Response

The Minnesota Historical Society, Conservation Department, Emergency Response web site provides recommendations for saving damaged family collectibles, paper, books, photographs, textiles, and ceramic, wood or metal items, and numerous other materials, as well as providing links to other web sites specializing in disaster recovery and response.


National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), Preservation

The National Archives and Records Administration, Preservation and Archives Professionals web page includes a link to Emergency Preparedness. See A Primer on Disaster Preparedness, Management and Response: Paper-Based Materials.


NARA, Records Management

Available under Guidance and Regulations, Records Management Publications, is Vital Records and Records Disaster Mitigation and Recovery. This document provides guidance on how to manage vital records throughout their life cycle, protect them from loss in a disaster, and assist in recovery should a disaster occur. Particularly valuable are the Disaster Planning Steps, Elements of a Disaster Recovery Plan, the sample plan, and Self-Evaluation Guide.


New York University, Disaster Plan Workbook

The Disaster Plan Workbook provided by New York University's Bobst Library walks you through a framework of a disaster plan, allowing you to fill in the information pertinent to your organization.


Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC)

The Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) provides disaster assistance through its emergency assistance program. Also available on the NEDCC web site is the print publication Preservation of Library and Archival Materials: A Manual, as is an online version called Preservation Leaflets, which is organized by topic and was revised and updated in March 2007. These leaflets provide information on Disaster Planning, a worksheet for outlining a disaster plan, and emergency salvage of wet materials.


South Carolina Archives and History Center, Services to State and Local Governments

The South Carolina Archives and History Center offers Disaster Preparedness and Recovery in State Agency and Local Government Offices PDF icon, click here to download Adobe Acrobat Reader, public records information leaflet no. 16, for download. Included in the leaflet are disaster preparation and recovery recommendations, as well as a checklist for disaster preparedness and recovery and a supply list.


November 6, 2012 , links updated March 29, 2013

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