Field Guide to Emergency Response

Field Guide to Emergency Response

Every year, hundreds of museums, libraries, archives and historic sites across the country experience emergencies large and small. In most cases, staff and volunteers are unprepared. The new Field Guide to Emergency Response explains clearly and simply the steps to take in the first few hours of a disaster, enabling even those with no prior training to save collections without endangering themselves.

The guide distills the expertise of conservation professionals who have responded to disasters such as Hurricane Katrina and the recent flooding in the Northeast. Its interactive nature makes it unique. In addition to an easy-to-follow handbook, a companion DVD illustrates salvage techniques for typical problems like mud, mold and soot. The DVD can be used onsite in a laptop or vehicle player as well as for preparedness training. Also included are information panels that can be customized before disaster strikes. Also included are helpful checklists such as a disaster supplies shopping list organized by type of store.

For more information, contact Mary Rogers, 202-233-0800,

National Center for Preservation Technology and Training
645 University Parkway
Natchitoches, LA 71457

Email: ncptt[at]
Phone: (318) 356-7444
Fax: (318) 356-9119