Disaster Preparedness and Recovery

ALA Resources for Disaster Preparedness - Resources for Libraries and Librarians, prepared by the ALA Washington Office

For tips on how to clean up following a natural or other disaster, please see the resources noted on ALA Library Fact Sheet Number 10, Disaster Resources: A Selected Annotated Bibliography, particularly Tips for Salvaging Water Damaged Valuables, which was prepared by the Heritage Emergency National Task Force, a group which now has the Hurricane Resource Page.

For libraries affected by flooding, or by water damage following a fire, mold may be a difficult problem once the water subsides, and discarding the materials may be the best course of action. See Invasion of the Giant Mold Spore, a SOLINET (Southeastern Library Network) Preservation Leaflet, for specific information. SOLINET has also prepared Pass It On: Recovery Information & Services for Hurricane Victims.

If your area has been declared a federal disaster area, the web site of FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency will have additional information for you. Also, see the web site of the American Red Cross.

Other online disaster preparedness resources are Disaster Preparedness: Resources for Libraries and Librarians from the ALA Washington Office and Disaster preparedness and response from CoOL, Conservation OnLine: Resources for Conservation Professionals.

Heritage Preservation - Web page of the Heritage Emergency Task Force with resources for disaster recovery.

Library of Congress - The Library of Congress has a webpage with resources for librarians on preservation and emergency preparedness and response.

SOLINET - SOLINET is a regional and national library network serving the Southeastearn United States. They have set up a website that serves as a clearinghouse of information for those who need assistance and those offering assistance, including a job bank, disaster recovery, fundraising and other services.  Please click on the link for more information.

Hurricane Assistance Links provided by the State Library of Louisiana.

ALCTS Resources: The Association for Library Collections and Technical Services has compiled a list of preservation resources.