Emergency preparedness

Seattle Heritage Emergency Response Network (SHERN)


The Seattle Heritage Emergency Response Network (SHERN) helps archives, historical societies, libraries, museums, and other heritage organizations in Seattle and King County to respond to disasters affecting cultural resources and collections. Members help each other by providing advice, support and/or actual recovery assistance. Membership in the Network constitutes a commitment by an organization to make disaster preparedness and staff training an administrative priority.

Minnesota Historical Society


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

Library of Congress


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

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.

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.”

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.