Museum Resources



Just In Time Disaster Training - Library
A single, easy to search source in which individuals, agencies and organizations can access informative disaster mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery training videos

Disaster Recovery: Salvaging Books

Salvaging Art on Paper

Pocket Response Plan (PReP)™
The Pocket Response Plan (PReP)™ is a concise document for recording essential information needed by staff in case of a disaster or other emergency

Salvaging Photograph Collections

Tips for the Care of Water-Damaged Family Heirlooms and Other Valuables
The American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC) and Heritage Preservation (HP) offer the following general recommendations for homeowners who have had family heirlooms and other valuables damaged by severe flooding

Emergency! If You're First
Protection of artifacts /basic drying procedures in the event of water)

Salvage at a Glance
By Betty Walsh, British Columbia Information Management Services

Disaster Response Tips
From Midwest Freeze-Dry, Ltd.

Disaster Plans 
Excellent templates

Emergency Planning and Recovery Techniques
A manual created for Lower Hudson Conference by Nelly Balloffet

Recommended Practice for Responding to Hazardous Materials Incidents 
From the NFPA

Risk Management and Assessments of Natural Hazards 
Proceedings from the forum on Risk Management & Assessments of Natural Hazards

Holistic Disaster Recovery   
Ideas for Building Local Sustainability After a Natural Disaster

Disaster Recovery Resource Guide
An essential site for Disaster Coordinators

Disaster preparedness and response    
Conservation Online

A Primer on Disaster Preparedness, Management and Response: Paper-Based Materials  
PDF download from the National Archives and Records Administration

Disasters & Emergencies    
From the FEMA

Disaster Prepardness, Response and Recovery

Kid's Guide to Building a Disaster Supply Kit - Emergencies can happen wherever you live

A Nurses Guide to First Aid and Disaster Preparedness - Preparing for health emergencies and natural disasters

Plan Ahead for Disasters - Talk with your family

Staying Safe Outdoors in Severe Weather

Home Preparation Tips for Weather Emergencies

How to Prep For Every Type of Natural Disaster - Redfin

Getting Your Family Prepared for a Disaster - HealthyChildren

Preparing for Disaster for People with Disabilities and other Special Needs - Red Cross

Plan & Prepare - American Red Cross

Ready or Not: Disaster Preparedness in the Workplace - infromIT

Protect Yourself: Don’t Lose Power This Winter - HomeAdvisor

How To Keep Your House Warm During The Winter - ImproveNet

Emergency Preparedness - Do You Know What to Do During a Weather Emergency?

Is Your Parent’s Long-Term Care Residence Ready For An Emergency? - AgingCare

Pet Disaster Preparedness - RedRover

Essential Guide To Food Planning & Preparation

Conserve O Grams from the National Park Service   
Museum Collection Preservation
Security, Fire, and Curatorial Safety
Agents of Deterioration
Museum Collections Storage
Ethnographic Objects
First Aid for Wet-Site Objects 1993
Furniture and Wooden Objects
Ceramic, Glass, Plaster, and Plastic Objects
Leather and Skin Objects
Metal Objects
Natural History Specimens
Paper Objects
Stone Objects
Textile Objects
Packing and Shipping Museum Objects
Archival and Manuscript Collections and Rare Books
Facility Specifications for Museum and Archive Collections
Disaster Response and Recovery
Health and Safety Hazards Arising From Floods 2002
Creation, Care, and Storage of Digital Materials

Amigos Library Services disaster plan template  downloadable pdf

Clemson Disaster Management Plan 
Based on the principle that Clemson University will bear the initial responsibility for disaster relief on campus

Disaster Preparedness Plan 
Baltimore Academic Libraries Consortium

The Master of Disaster 
Site featuring a one hour emergency plan!

Online Guide
Published by the Iowa Preservation and Conservation Consortium shows homeowners how they can save items that are waterlogged, mud-caked or otherwise damaged from floodwaters

Heritage Emergency National Task Force
Formed in 1995 to help libraries and archives, museums, historical societies, and historic sites better protect their collections from natural disasters and other emergencies

Disaster recovery for public records custodians, archives and libraries

Library Disaster Plan template

Disaster Preparedness for Records Managers: Toolkit

Disaster Recovery Manual

Regional Alliance for Preservation 

ICOM Activities for the Protection of Museums in Emergency Situations

Disaster Relief for the Museums (DRFM) ICOM Initiative & Museums Emergency Programme (MEP) Information links 

United States Department of Agriculture Disaster Resource Link and Information 

National Disaster Education Coalition with information for public safety

American Association of Museums, Hurricane Recovery Information

American Institute of Architects, Hurricane Katrina Response

Red Cross Disaster Preparedness Materials

Disaster Salvage and Response 
A Special Issue of The Western Association for Arts Conservation Newsletter 

Portland Area Library System Disaster Recovery Information Links 

Disaster Response & Recovery Procedures &Treatments 

Supplies and Services Templates and Information

Media Types and Methods of Recovery

Medline Plus Disaster Preparation and Recovery.

Disaster Safety for People with Disabilities | What to Do When Emergency Weather Strikes

How to Prepare for a Wildfire

Survive the Unthinkable | If Wildfire Threatens Your Home

Hurricane & Earthquake Emergency Response

American Association of State and Local History Cultural Relief Fund

American Alliance of Museums Disaster Preparedness & Response Resources


Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts

Federal Emergency Management Agency After the Flood: Advice for Salvaging Damaged Family Treasures

Lyrasis - Disaster Response and Recovery  

National Heritage Responders

  • 24 / 7 Hotline Ph# 202-661-8068 
  • e-mail
Northeast Document Conservation Center 
  • 24 / 7 Collections Emergency Phone Assistance Ph# (855) 245-8303
Disaster Recovery Companies

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