Resources & Online Training

During a Disaster!

Northeast Document Conservation Center 24/7 Emergency Helpline: As part of its Preservation Services program, NEDCC offers an emergency assistance program for institutions and individuals with damaged paper-based collections.  Disaster Assistance Hotline: 978-470-1010

Midwest Art Conservation Center: The MACC staff is available 24 hours-a-day, 7 days a week to give immediate assistance with disaster recovery efforts. Call the main phone number, 612-870-3120, and you will be directed to a staff member immediately or to an after-hours emergency phone. For non-urgent issues, MACC email is answered during the day:

These communications and assistance are free and can provide you with condition assessment information and advice regarding the proper care and handling of damaged or at-risk art and artifacts. MACC also maintains a cache of disaster supplies when the on-site assistance of MACC conservators is essential to a collections’ recovery. MACC’s on-site disaster recovery assistance is a fee-based service dependent on travel and time. (based in  Minneapolis)

American Institute for Conservation: AIC’s 24-hour assistance number is 202.661.8068 for advice by phone. Call 202.661.8068 to arrange for a team to come to the site to complete damage assessments and help with salvage organization.

Statewide Contract for Document Recovery: available to State Agencies, Local Governments, Libraries, Non-profits. Information from the Georgia Archives. Also see the powerpoint file in the box at right.

The Disaster Mitigation Planning Assistance Website: search for resources by state, multiple states nationally or by type of service, expert or supply. The results of your search can be downloaded into an Excel document for easy updating of your institution’s disaster plan.

Northern States Conservation Center: buying disaster supplies and conservation materials

The new CEMA Re-entry Hotline number is 1-855-880-2362 and is toll-free.  The re-entry hotline is a valuable communication tool for residents who have evacuated to seek shelter outside of Chatham County.  Local media outlets, shelters, as well as CEMA will be distributing information; however, the re-entry hotline is another way for our residents to gain re-entry information following an evacuation. The number is solely for re-entry information.  This line will not be used for the dissemination of storm information, damage reports, and other disaster information.

Monitor storms on:

Information on Major Disasters”  from Heritage Preservation’s.To contact Heritage Preservation about an on-going disaster:

Fill out the Task Force damage and response reporting tool.

General Disaster Planning

Georgia Archives:  emergency advice, technical reports, best practices and samples, Local Government Records Management Evaluation Tool, and records advice.

Heritage Preservation: one stop shopping for disaster planning and response

Museum SOS: In May 2004, a conference entitled Museum SOS: Strategies for Emergency Response and Salvage was held at the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH). This website has been created to disseminate information from the conference and as a continuing resource for anyone who is planning, mitigating, or responding to an emergency situation in the context of a natural history collection.

Conservation Online: many in-depth articles on many topics in disaster preparedness and response with a focus on salvage and conservation after disasters.

ReadyGeorgia.orgReady Georgia is a statewide campaign supported by the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) aimed at motivating Georgians to take action to prepare for a disaster.

A Guide to the Disaster Declaration Process: pdf from FEMA

The Pocket Response Plan (PReP)™ is a concise document for recording essential information needed by staff in case of a disaster from the Council of State Archivists.

Council of State Archivists website on disaster planning.

Library of Congress disaster planning webpage

North Carolina’s Connecting to Collections blog

Northern States Conservation Center

American Library Association’s Selected Bibliography on disaster planning

DISASTR-OUTREACH-LIB Listserv: This email discussion forum is for librarians, information specialists, and other professionals interested in disaster health information outreach to their communities. Stay informed about current disaster-related resources, connect to colleagues in the field, engage in information exchange and learn about new ideas, trends, training opportunities, and conferences in the area of disaster health information.

Emergency Planning for Records from the National Archives

Primer on Disaster Preparedness Management & Response. This primer discusses how to plan for, salvage, and care for paper objects in emergencies. The primer was issued by the Smithsonian, National Archives and Records Administration, Library of Congress, and National Park Service.

Emergency Preparation, Risk Management & Insurance, Response, and Recovery from the Library of Congress

National Trust for Historic Preservation disaster page

National Center for Preservation Technology and Training disaster page, includes:

  • mitigation resources
  • health and safety in disaster prep
  • assessment forms
  • preparing historic buildings and sites for a disaster
  • recovering historic cemeteries
  • dealing with crude oil
  • funding
  • archaeological collections
  • recovering wet objects
  • much, much more

The Ready Responder Toolkit aims to develop a culture of preparedness among first responder agency personnel and their families.  The toolkit provides resources, templates, and information that can help first responder agencies develop their own organizational preparedness plan, as well as discuss procedures and decisions that could improve and quicken response.

STASH– Storage Techniques for Art, Science, and History: provides information and tools so that institutions of all types, sizes and resource levels can learn how to create safe and appropriate storage solutions. The 2005 Heritage Health Index Survey found that 89% of all collection holding institutions had inadequate storage facilities, citing problems ranging from lack of space to inappropriate environments. 65% of all institutions reported damage due to improper storage.  Improving the physical conditions in storage is a highly effective and easily achievable way to substantially boost overall preservation.


Research Specific Hazards

Active Shooter: The US Department of Homeland Security developed a website with tools to enhance preparedness through a whole community approach in response to active shooter events.

Toxic chemical releases:  NLM’s TOXMAP uses maps of the United States to help users visually explore data from the US Environmental Protection Agency’sToxics Release Inventory and Superfund Program.

Chatham Emergency Management Agency: Lots of information on planning for specific types of disasters, plus the best source of local information. Look to the right sidebar for quick links to access information on specific hazards.

Research Hazards around Savannah

Coastal Hazards Portal by the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography: map the hazards including sea level rise, historic hurricane tracks, erosion, storm surge and flood zones.

Chatham County Local Emergency Planning Committee “The Mission of the Chatham County Local Emergency Planning Committee is to protect and serve all the citizens of the County by promoting hazardous materials safety in all segments of the community. This includes providing an advisory, educational and technical resource for the development and implementation of hazardous safety programs, both locally and County-wide.”

Creating Disaster Plans & COOPs

dPlan: dPlan is a free online tool that will help you simplify the process of writing a disaster plan. Enter information about your institution using the comprehensive fill-in-the-blank template. This template will guide you through the steps necessary for effective disaster planning.

Building An Emergency Plan: A Guide for Museums and Other Cultural Institutions:   A guide to planning geared specifically to cultural institutions rather than physical built fabric.  Features case studies and information for specific teams within an organization. (pdf book from Getty Conservation Institute)

Disaster plans: tools for creating a disaster plan ArtsReady is a web-based emergency preparedness platform designed to provide arts and cultural organizations with customized business continuity plans for post crisis sustainability.

Continuity of Operations Plans: basic information from FEMA: When business is disrupted, it can cost money. Lost revenues plus extra expenses means reduced profits. Insurance does not cover all costs and cannot replace customers that defect to the competition. A business continuity plan to continue business is essential.

Members can also download the SHER COOP presentation in the box to the right. This is the presentation given by our CEMA partners at the September 2012 meeting.

“What Are Vital Records? How Do We Protect Them?” pamphlet from the Association of Records Managers and Administrators available for purchase in packs of 25

Prepare My Business: helping small businesses continue after disasters

Small Business Administration: disaster planning and recovery from SBA

Rescuing Business Records; A Disaster Planning Guide for Small Businesses by David W. Carmicheal- available for purchase

Salvage & Recovery

 Northeast Documentation Conservation Center disaster assistance resources

Conserve O Grams: Conserve O Grams are short, focused leaflets about caring for museum objects, published in loose-leaf format. New topics are added as needed and out-of-date issues are revised or deleted.

Northern States Conservation Center: Collections care by material type

Lyrasis: general disaster response page and recovery information by type of material

Polygon: restoration and repair company. Polygon’s Code Blue Program allows you to pre-register with them and receive priority status after a disaster. This program is free.

Belfor: restoration and repair company. Red Alert is Belfor’s version of Code Blue.

Rapid Building and Site Condition Assessment form from the NPS (download as pdf). The document can be used to quickly assess conditions within a disaster region; it has an emphasis on historic structures. Instructions on using the form and definitions are also available.

Response and Recovery (Including Emergency Drying Procedures for Water Damaged Collections) from the Library of Congress.

Disaster Response and Recovery from the Minnesota Historical Society, includes archival collections salvage and historic structures salvage. The Conservation section of their website is a wealth of information.

Tips for drying-out a water-damaged building from the NC Department of Cultural Resources

Consortium on conserving works of art damaged by flooding– Speakers from the American Institute for Conservation Collections Emergency Response Team (AIC-CERT), along with conservators from MoMA, provide suggestions and answer questions on how to safely handle and dry wet materials such as paintings, drawings, books, sculptures, and other artistic and cultural works. 98 minute video

Emergency Guidelines for Art Disasters from MoMA

This 10-minute video provides step-by-step guidance on dealing with water damage at museums, libraries, and archives. Practical tips on safety, simple equipment, and salvage priorities, from Heritage Preservation.

Online Courses

FEMA Online Courses:

These are the prerequisites recommended for staffing the SHER desk at the EOC:

1- FEMA’s Course  IS-100.b  Intro to Incident Command System

2- FEMA’s Course IS-200 ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents

3- FEMA’s Course IS-700.a National Incident Management System (NIMS) An Introduction

4- FEMA’s Course IS-701 NIMS Multiagency Coordination System (MACS) Course

FEMA’s Course IS-800.B National Response Framework, An Introduction

Also available are:

FEMA’s Course IS-811 – ESF #11: Agriculture and Natural Resources Annex

Lyrasis Online  Courses: General course list (searching “disaster” or “recovery” will find many relevant courses)

Emergency Management/Cultural Organizations Interface

COSTEPThe COSTEP Framework is a planning tool designed to bring together cultural resource institutions with emergency management agencies and first responders. It will provide a blueprint for preparing for area-wide disasters and building alliances with federal, state, and local emergency management agencies.

Alliance for Response: Alliance for Response is a national program on cultural heritage and disaster management. Through a series of local Forums, it builds bridges between the cultural heritage and emergency response communities before disasters happen.

Alliance for Response Toolkit This Tool Kit contains resources to help plan Alliance for Response Forums, work with emergency responders, identify allies in your community, and help sustain local disaster networks. Find program templates, essential contacts, project ideas, and funding sources.

Integrating Historic Property and Cultural Resource Considerations Into Hazard Mitigation Planning: State and Local Mitigation Planning How-To Guide (FEMA 386-6 / May 2005)

Examples from Other Regions

Cultural Emergency Management Team (CEMT) in the greater Boston area

Summary of several local response networks from Heritage Preservation

COSTEP MA– Coordinated Statewide Emergency Preparedness in Massachusetts

Cultural Resources Emergency Support Team (CREST) in North Carolina- The North Carolina Connecting to Collections (C2C) team has received a 21st Century Museum Professionals grant from IMLS. This funding will allow our staff to initiate the Cultural Resources Emergency Support Team (CREST) to train staff and volunteers from a wide variety of institutions to improve disaster preparedness measures throughout North Carolina. The project will allow C2C to strengthen public/ private cultural heritage partnerships and to provide tangible assistance to organizations across the state. CREST will have a dual focus on training/ preparation and response.

Financial Resources

Financial Resources for Disaster Preparation, Planning, and Response: from the National Trust for Historic Preservation

FEMA Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant Program   This program provides funds to states, territories, Indian tribal governments, communities, and universities for hazard mitigation planning and the implementation of mitigation projects prior to a disaster event.

FEMA Public Assistance Grant Program.  This program is designed to provide assistance to State, Tribal and local governments, and certain types of Private Nonprofit organizations so that communities can quickly respond to and recover from major disasters or emergencies declared by the President.

Before and After Disasters: Federal Funding for Cultural Institutions (FEMA).  This guide is an updated and expanded version of Resources for Recovery: Post-Disaster Aid for Cultural Institutions, first developed in 1992 by Heritage Preservation and then revised in 2000. Before and After Disasters includes summary descriptions and contact information for 15 Federal grant and loan programs (pdf).

National Trust For Historic Preservation Grant Funds.  The National Trust provides two types of assistance to nonprofit organizations and public agencies: 1) matching grants from $500 to $5,000 for preservation planning and educational efforts, and 2) intervention funds for preservation emergencies.  Visit the Grant Funds website to learn more about the availability of funds and how to apply for assistance.

Downloadable Resources

Shelter from the Stormy Blast: A Guide to Disaster Recovery Resources
for Georgia and the Southeast (2007 Update)

Before and After Disasters: Federal Funding for Cultural Institutions

Building an Emergency Plan: A Guide for Museums and other Cultural Institutions

CEMA also has lots of downloadable guides and other info on their website which detail how to plan for many different types of disasters!

Active Shooter: How to Respond from the Department of Homeland Security

Implementing the Incident Command System at the Institutional Level; A Handbook for Libraries, Archives, Museums, and Other Cultural Institutions by David W. Carmicheal

2012 Emergency Response Guidebook to quickly Identify Hazmat Emergency Procedures. PHMSA’s 2012 Emergency Response Guidebook provides first responders with a go-to manual to help deal with hazmat accidents during the critical first 30 minutes.

This is also available as an app for Android and iPhone.

Coping with Disasters

Coping with Violence and Traumatic Events topic page: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

National Child Traumatic Stress NetworkTerrorism  This topic includes attacks by individuals acting in isolation as well as attacks by people acting for groups.

PFA Mobile assists responders who provide psychological first aid as part of a response effort. The materials are adapted from the Psychological First Aid Field Operations Guide. The app and guide are from the Veteran’s Administration National Center for PTSD and the National Child Traumatic Stress Network.

Disaster Distress Helpline1-800-985-5990 The helpline is also available in Spanish, by text and by TTY.

For healthcare providers: Coping With a Traumatic Event: Information for the Health Professionals

For emergency workers: Traumatic Incident Stress National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and a Spanish version

For the public **Coping with Disasters National Library of Medicine and Spanish version

Red Cross “Recovering Emotionally

International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies: “Mass Disasters Trauma and Loss

From PBS “Talking with Kids about the News

There are new versions of the Radiation Emergency Medical Management (REMM) website and mobile app. The list of changes include a multimedia library, new audience sections including Public Health Officers, Legal Advisors, Radiation Safety Officders and Senior Leaders, and updates to several key web pages. It is recommended that you update any previously versions downloaded to your PC, laptops and mobile devices

The Power of Digital Volunteers This paper by Kate Starbor and Leysia Palen of the University of Colorado, Boulder, is presents an example of a potential role librarians can play in disaster preparedness and reponse. It outlines the progress of a group of concerned volunteers who came together online to continue to support Haiti relief efforts long term, and grew into the non-profit agency Humanity Road. The paper won a “Best Paper Award” as part of the 2013 Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing Conference. pdf here.

Disaster Response Template Toolkit Includes Customizable Resources: The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has released a new Disaster Response Template Toolkit featuring public education materials that disaster behavioral health response programs can use to create resources for reaching people affected by a disaster. The new Toolkit is part of the Disaster Behavioral Health Information Series.

SAMHSA Disaster Behavioral Health Information Series (DBHIS) Resource Collection

Disaster Lit: the Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health is a database of links to disaster medicine and public health documents available on the Internet at no cost.

Evidence  Aid  has free resources available for post traumatic stress disorder


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