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Disaster Planning Emergency Collections Assistance

Custodians of historical and cultural resources must be prepared to deal with both natural and man-made disasters when they hit. Below find some links to organizations and online resources that will help you create a disaster plan; respond to disasters when they happen; and apply for available funding for remediation of various types of materials. If you have additional resources to add to this list, please contact advocacy@nycarchivists.org

Disaster Planning Resources

dPlan: Online template for disaster planning
Answer questions about your institution and holdings to create a customized plan.

COSTEP: Guide and checklist
Coordinated Statewide Emergency Preparedness

Council of State Archivists: Emergency Preparedness Initiative 
Interactive resources to help you devise a disaster plan

Council of State Archivists: Disaster Response
Download the Pocket Response Plan (PReP) and access additional online disaster planning tools

New York State Archives Records Advisory: Electronic Records Disaster Preparedness and Recovery

New York State Archives: Disaster Preparedness and Response Assistance

Alliance for Response (FR)
Bringing together cultural heritage and emergency management professionals at the local level. Alliance for Response forums have led to the formation of numerous cooperative disaster networks across the country.

Association for Library Collections & Technical Services: Disaster preparedness clearinghouse

PSAP: Preservation Self-Assessment Program
A free online tool that helps collection managers prioritize efforts to improve conditions of collections

National Center for Preservation Technology & Training (NCPTT) 
The NCPP focuses on historic preservation of buildings and artifacts, but has some resources that may be of interest to archives, including an Emergency Response and Salvage app.


Remediation Resources

Northeast Document Conservation Center: Preservation Leaflets 
View brief pamphlets on a variety of topics related to emergency preparedness an disaster planning

Library of Congress Preservation Homepage

NARA Preservation Homepage 
Find a range of resources such as how to care for specific media formats damaged in a disaster and a Records Emergency Toolkit.

Smithsonian Institution Archives
Select Resources for Disaster Prevention, Preparedness, and Response for Archives, Museums, and Libraries.

British Library: Collection Care
A selection of preservation resources, in particular, a short guide to salvaging library and archival collections.

A/V Resources

Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA)
First Actions for Film, Tape and Discs

Specs Bros
A disaster recovery checklist, disaster response for magnetic tape materials, hurricane & flood recovery for magnetic tapes.

The Signal: Digital Preservation

Independent Media Arts Preservation

National Film & Sound Archive Australia
Disaster planning and first aid for water damage

Audiovisual Preservation Solutions 
Disaster response information & assistance list of resources.

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