Disaster Planning Emergency Collections Assistance
Custodians of historical and cultural resources must be prepared to deal with both natural and man-made disasters when they hit. Below find some links to organizations and online resources that will help you create a disaster plan; respond to disasters when they happen; and apply for available funding for remediation of various types of materials. If you have additional resources to add to this list, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Disaster Planning Resources
dPlan: Online template for disaster planning
Answer questions about your institution and holdings to create a customized plan.
COSTEP: Guide and checklist
Coordinated Statewide Emergency Preparedness
Council of State Archivists: Emergency Preparedness Initiative
Interactive resources to help you devise a disaster plan
Council of State Archivists: Disaster Response
Download the Pocket Response Plan (PReP) and access additional online disaster planning tools
Alliance for Response (FR)
Bringing together cultural heritage and emergency management professionals at the local level. Alliance for Response forums have led to the formation of numerous cooperative disaster networks across the country.
PSAP: Preservation Self-Assessment Program
A free online tool that helps collection managers prioritize efforts to improve conditions of collections
National Center for Preservation Technology & Training (NCPTT)
The NCPP focuses on historic preservation of buildings and artifacts, but has some resources that may be of interest to archives, including an Emergency Response and Salvage app.
Northeast Document Conservation Center: Preservation Leaflets
View brief pamphlets on a variety of topics related to emergency preparedness an disaster planning
NARA Preservation Homepage
Find a range of resources such as how to care for specific media formats damaged in a disaster and a Records Emergency Toolkit.
Smithsonian Institution Archives
Select Resources for Disaster Prevention, Preparedness, and Response for Archives, Museums, and Libraries.
Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA)
First Actions for Film, Tape and Discs
A disaster recovery checklist, disaster response for magnetic tape materials, hurricane & flood recovery for magnetic tapes.
Audiovisual Preservation Solutions
Disaster response information & assistance list of resources.
Funding for Planning and Remediation
State and Regional Funding Sources:
New York State Archives
Disaster Recovery Grants Overview
Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference
Disaster Relief Fund Guidelines
National Funding Sources:
FEMA Grant information, Before and After: Federal Funding for Cultural Institutions
Institute of Museum & Library Services (IMLS) Conservation Assessment Program
National Leadership Grants for Museums
National Center for Preservation Technology & Training, Call for Proposals
National Endowment for the Humanities, Division of Preservation and Access
National Historical Publications & Records Commission, Grant Information
Society of American Archivists: National Disaster Recovery Fund for Archives
Northeast Document Conservation Center, List of funding sources