The 2005 Heritage Health Index reported that 78% of libraries do not have a disaster plan and staff trained to carry it out.
This page includes general resources on disaster preparedness, including sources for training for natural and physical disasters and books, as well as templates and guides to developing a local emergency plan.
This document is designed to assist libraries and archives in preparing for emergency situations
which may threaten the safety of persons, collections and facilities. Whether your institution has
a minimal amount of time to devote to emergency planning or is undertaking a comprehensive
planning project, this disaster plan can help you to gather vital information which will be
invaluable in the event of an emergency.
Your school library may someday be affected by a natural disaster, fire or an act recognized by the federal government as terrorism. Being prepared ahead of time can help minimize the potential damage, shorten your library’s recovery time, and go a long way to helping your student population cope with the aftermath of any disaster.
The COSTEP Framework is a planning tool designed to bring together cultural institutions with emergency management agencies and first responders. It provides a blueprint for preparing for area-wide disasters and building alliances with federal, state, and local emergency management agencies.
Part of disaster planning is knowing who to call for help and where to obtain services and supplies. Our Search tool allows you to search by state, multiple states nationally, or by type of service, expert, or supply. The results of your search can be downloaded into an Excel document for easy updating of your institution’s disaster plan.
A disaster resource database, originally built from the Philadelphia Area Emergency Resources List compiled by Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts (CCAHA) with funding from The William Penn Foundation. The original design of this site was by the Preservation Department of the Milton S. Eisenhower Library at Johns Hopkins University. The database information is maintained by Michigan State University Libraries and the California Preservation Program. Many other institutions and individuals have also contributed to the success of this website, providing information on suppliers and services for disaster recovery. This site is now hosted and maintained by FAIC as a component of Conservation OnLine (CoOL). Experts in many arenas of material culture conservation have also contributed to this site and can provide assistance in the event of a disaster.
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.
This code describes principles and practices of protection for cultural resource properties (such as museums, libraries, and places of worship), their contents, and collections, against conditions or physical situations with the potential to cause damage or loss.
RAP organizations offer training and educational programs for professional collections managers. Topics range from environmental monitoring and disaster planning and mitigation, to housekeeping for historic houses and preserving electronic records.
Planning construction of a new library facility or renovation of an existing one can be a daunting task. This book guides librarians and other members of a building design team through the stages of the design process. Includes a new section on disaster planning.
Provides information on disaster and emergency response planning and management to assist librarians in the creation and updates of emergency response plans. This book is suitable for community college, college, and university libraries as well as a pedagogical tool for library and information schools.
Risk-preparedness is a critical part of a wiser use of our cultural environments. Risk analysis and mitigation ensure better use of scarce resources and optimal conditions for extending the life of cultural property. A cultural-heritage-at-risk framework offers those concerned with the conservation of the built environment the chance to fully root their efforts in a concern for the preventive for the first time in the history of the movement.
Provides step-by-step instructions for developing prevention and response plans for all types of emergencies and disasters. Being prepared, understanding your risks, and taking all steps to reduce those risks can reduce the damages caused by emergencies and disasters.