EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS RESOURCES
WESTPAS: Western States and Territories Preservation Assistance Service
WESTPAS is a regional library and archives preservation service. Started in 2007, its goals are to deliver preservation education and training workshops to libraries and archives in 14 participating states and territories: Alaska, American Samoa, California, Colorado, Guam, Hawai'i, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Northern Marianas Islands, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.
Heritage Preservation – Heritage Emergency National Task Force
The Heritage Emergency National Task Force offers tools and information to cultural institutions and the general public for preparing for and responding to emergencies that affect collections and family treasures.
Northern States Conservation Center – Emergency Preparedness
Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Response Tools recommended by staff of the conservation center.
Northeast Document Conservation Center
Emergency Management Bibliography, including a list of Internet resources. NDCC has a whole area devoted to Disaster Assistance, so take a look through their materials. Also be sure to check out the Worksheet for Outlining a Disaster Plan
Conservation OnLine – Disaster Preparedness and Response
A comprehensive list of resources, including disaster plans, case histories, and many other resources.
CERT – Community Emergency Response Teams
The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.
dPlan – The Online Disaster-Planning Tool for Cultural and Civic Institutions
Disaster planning is an essential component of preserving your institution’s collections. With a written disaster plan, libraries, archives, museums, historical societies, and other collection-holding institutions can reduce the risk of disaster and minimize losses. dPlan is perfect for small and medium-sized institutions that do not have in-house preservation staff. dPlan is also valuable for large library systems or museum campuses that need to develop separate but related plans for multiple buildings, locations, or branches.
California Alliance for Response
Federal Emergency Management Agency
Balboa Art Conservation Center
Balboa Art Conservation Center (BACC) is a nonprofit regional conservation center devoted to the preservation of material culture. BACC’s Field Service Program delivers preservation education workshops, surveys, and technical assistance to California, Arizona, Oregon, and Washington with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Five comprehensive guides to Emergency Preparedness Resources are updated annually and are available as a free download at:
More workshops coming soon!
Travel Stipends and Scholarships
Information about upcoming workshops, forums, and travel stipends will be sent out to the current membership via email.
Download the RC-WR Membership Brochure (95k pdf)