Emergency preparedness

Balboa Art Conservation Center


Balboa Art Conservation Center 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.

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.

Connecting to Collections Care Online Community


IMLS funded resource for topics on collections care including disaster preparedness, response and recovery. Online webinar archives include: “Risk Evaluation”, “Writing a Disaster Response Plan”, and “Exercising Your Disaster Response Plan.”

Council of State Archivists (CoSA) Emergency Resource Center and Pocket Response Plan™


CoSA’s Emergency Resource Center contains links to emergency preparedness, response tools, and advice in every state. Look for guidance and tips that apply to your jurisdiction or search for models to help you develop your own. Includes the original free Pocket Response Plan™ (PReP)™ Templates.

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.

ERS: Emergency Response and Salvage App


The Emergency Response and Salvage Wheel is now available as a free mobile app from the Heritage Emergency National Task Force. It’s downloadable for Apple, Android and BlackBerry users.

Federal Emergency Management Agency



Both sites offer publications and resources to help you prepare.

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. Resource for emergency planning/mitigation, preparedness, response, recovery and risk evaluation. See the Resources section.

Library of Congress


Emergency preparedness resources, including Family Treasurers – Preserving Treasures After the Disaster, Level of Collections Emergency Scenarios, and Risk Management and Insurance.

Minnesota Historical Society


Extensive disaster preparedness resources and procedures for wet salvage by material type. Also includes sample tip sheets, checklists and forms.

Northeast Document Conservation Center


General preservation website with Disaster Assistance Section. Look for the Emergency Preservation 101 section for Emergency Preparedness resources. Includes checklists for risk assessment, emergency supplies, and an extensive bibliography.

Northern States Conservation Center: Emergency Preparedness


Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Response Tools recommended by staff of the Conservation Center.

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.