These resources have been assembled to help people mitigate risks to cultural resources when faced with a disaster. Whether you need to prepare for a disaster, mitigate damage after a disaster, or seek the assistance fo a conservator, these resources can help your institution with preparation and recovery efforts.


PDF Icon A Litany of Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Things that Can Happen After the Disaster. Randy Silverman.

Assessment Tools for Disaster Response and Recovery from NCPTT:

Chevis & Marcia Swetman House. Hurricane Katrina Damage. Photo: Mississippi Department of Archives and History (MDAH).

Chevis & Marcia Swetman House. Hurricane Katrina Damage. Photo: Mississippi Department of Archives and History (MDAH).

PDF Icon Building an Emergency Plan: A Guide for Museums and Other Cultural Institutions. Compiled by Valerie Dorge and Sharon Jones.

Chicora Foundation.

Collections Emergency Response Team. 24 Hour Hotline (202) 661-8068. AIC-CERT responds to the needs of cultural institutions during emergencies and disasters through coordinated efforts with first responders, state agencies, vendors and the public. Volunteers can provide advice and referrals by phone at the number above.  Requests for onsite assistance will be forwarded by the volunteer to the AIC-CERT Coordinator and Project Director for response. Less urgent questions can also be answered by emailing info@conservation-us.org.

PDF Icon Curriculum on Flood Damage Assessment of Cultural Heritage Properties. Stephen J. Kelley, AIA, SE.

PDF Icon Develop a Museum Emergency Operations Plan Conserv O Gram. National Park Service.

PDF Icon Disaster Management Programs for Historic Sites. David W. Look and Dirk H. R. Spennemann.

Disaster Plan Workbook. New York University Bobst Library.

Disaster Planning for Cemeteries.

Disaster Planning for Collections.

PDF Icon Disaster Preparedness Functions. This document provides an overview of tasks to be performed by individuals before, during and after a natural disaster strikes a museum or collection.

Disaster Preparedness Workbook for U.S. Navy Libraries and Archives.

PDF Icon Disaster Roles. This document takes a team approach to preparing, responding and salvaging collections after a natural disaster.

Disaster Preparedness Bibliography. Compiled by Melissa Heaver.

PDF Icon Disaster Preparedness Functions. This document provides an overview of tasks to be performed by individuals before, during and after a natural disaster strikes a museum or collection.

dPlan™:†The Online Disaster-Planning Tool. The online disaster planning tool funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Studies and the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training.

PDF Icon Emergency Supplies Stockpile Checklist. Geared for museums and collections, this document provides a list of materials needed on hand before a disaster.

Find a Conservator via the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC).

Heritage Preservation resources:

Heritage Emergency National Task Force.

Integrating Historic Property and Cultural Resource Considerations into Hazard Mitigation Planning.

PDF Icon Mold Summary in Emergency Response. Prepared by Hillary Kaplan of the National Archives and Records Administration, this document provides a brief introduction to the problems of mold after a natural disaster.

National Flood Mitigation Data Collection Tool Version 2.0. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

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

Risk Preparedness. The Federal Preservation Institute (FPI) has a large collection of documents about risk preparedness and disaster management.


Originally published September 29, 2008.

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One Response to Disaster Management and Mitigation Resources

  1. J-Charles Fortin says:

    Hello there,

    I was wondering if anyone knows if the same type of info or webpage exist for National Parks?

    Many thanks in advance,

    JCF

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