May Day

Do ONE thing for emergency preparedness

Continuing in the tradition established by SAA and Heritage Preservation, FAIC encourages libraries, museums, archives, historical societies, and preservation organizations to set aside May 1 to participate in MayDay. This year, make sure your institution is prepared!

Missed May 1st? There's still time to take part in MayDay, an annual call to action to improve your archives', library's or museum's disaster readiness. Can you do at least one thing this month to prepare for an emergency? Need ideas for steps to take?

  • Review your disaster plan and update as needed.
  • No disaster plan? This activity guide can help you get started.
  • Create a Pocket Response Plan (PReP) with the most essential information: contact information for staff, first responders, and other critical individuals plus a checklist of actions to take in the first 24-72 hours following a disaster.
  • Conduct a building evacuation drill. Evaluate what could you do better.
  • Invite local firefighters and police to your museum so they can understand your special needs. This poster outlines tips for working with emergency responders before, during, and after an emergency.
  • Eliminate hazards, such as items stored in hallways, blocked fire exits, or improper storage of paints and solvents.
  • Create an emergency cart with supplies for collections threatened by damage from water (roof leaks, broken water pipes, malfunctioning sprinkler systems).
  • Identify and label priority collections for evacuation during an emergency. Which are most important to your mission, irreplaceable, or most fragile?
  • Register for a free course to learn how your institution fits into existing networks for emergency response and protocols for working with them effectively. 

For more information and ways to be prepared, please visit FAIC's MayDay webpage.

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