Emergency Preparedness Resources
The publications at the left offer useful advice for rescuing family and business records in the event of a disaster.
CoSA's PReP envelopes are credit card-sized Tyvek envelopes that can hold a Pocket Response Plan template -- important contact information of emergency responders and materials suppliers -- that every staff member, employee, and volunteer can access vital information should the need arise. Templates come in several languages and are easily customizable to your institution.
- Live Question and Answer Session on How Cultural Institutions Can Work with Emergency Responders for Preparedness and Response (September 8, 2011)
- Hurricane Sandy Collections Recovery (November 20, 2012)
- After Disasters: Salvage and Recovery in Small to Mid-Sized Museums and Libraries (May 1, 2015)
- Working with Disaster Recovery Companies: What You Need to Know (May 1, 2017)
- The FEMA fact sheet “After the Flood: Advice for Salvaging Damaged Family Treasures,” which provides guidance to salvaging treasured family heirlooms and links to helpful resources. The fact sheet is attached and is also available for download from the FEMA Document and Resource Library at http://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/1452008937293-2c5cf070cabce562b9ae8727abbdc7e9/Flood_FIMA_Fact_Sheet_2015_508.pdf.
- The best source of information on federal disaster funding for private nonprofits is FEMA’s Public Assistance Program and Policy Guide is available at https://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/1496435662672-d79ba9e1edb16e60b51634af00f490ae/2017_PAPPG_2.0_508_FINAL(2).pdf
The Society of American Archivists Foundation has a National Disaster Recovery Fund for Archives that provides grants (albeit small ones of $2,000 or less) to support recovery of archival collections from major disasters. The application process is pretty simple and the grant review committee is prepared to act quickly. Read more about the Fund here: http://www2.archivists.org/news/2008/national-disaster-recovery-fund-for-archives.
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