General Disaster Planning

General Disaster Planning

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

Alliance For Response: 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.

Ready GeorgiaReady 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 from FEMA is a quick introduction to the disaster declarations and federal disaster assistance.

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’s emergency management resource page

North Carolina’s Connecting to Collections blog

Northern States Conservation Center

American Library Association’s Selected Bibliography on disaster planning

Preservation at 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.