Disaster Preparedness

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The 2005 Heritage Health Index reported that 78% of libraries do not have a disaster plan and staff trained to carry it out.


Amigos Library Services Disaster Plan Template for Libraries and Archives (PDF)

Baltimore Academic Library Consortium (BALC) Disaster Preparedness Plan compiled by the BALC Disaster Preparedness Committee. Baltimore, Maryland: 1998; Revised Edition, 2006. Also see page of links to sample disaster plans.

Disaster Preparedness by Beyond Words, the Dollar General school library relief fund

COSTEP: Coordinated Statewide Emergency Preparedness - An Emergency Response Framework for the Cultural Community. COSTEP is a planning tool designed to bring together cultural resource institutions with emergency management agencies and first responders. It will provide a blueprint for preparing for area-wide disasters and building alliances with federal, state, and local emergency management agencies. This wiki was created for the work of developing the COSTEP framework.  The framework is available as a .pdf and a dynamic Web site. A helpful Starter Kit will guide you as you get COSTEP started in your state, and a new brochure will help you spread the word.

Disaster Prevention and Planning from LYRASIS, a non-profit membership organization that partners with member libraries to create, access and manage information, while building and sustaining collaboration, enhancing library and technology operations, and increasing buying power.

Disaster Preparedness and Response from Conservation OnLine (CoOL), an online resource operated by the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation is a full text library of conservation information, covering a wide spectrum of topics of interest to those involved with the conservation of library, archives and museum materials. It is a growing online resource for conservators, collection care specialists, and other conservation professionals.

Disaster Preparedness prepared by the School of Library and Information Science, University of Southern Mississippi; intended for the general public.

Disaster Preparedness and Recovery - ALA Washington Office, Government Information

dPlan: The Online Disaster-Planning Tool - dPlan is a free Web-based fill-in-the-blank program for writing institutional disaster plans. It was created, tested, and refined by the Northeast Document Conservation Center and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, with funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training.

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

The International Committee of the Blue Shield (ICBS) The Blue Shield is the cultural equivalent of the Red Cross. It is the protective emblem specified in the 1954 Hague Convention (Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict) for marking cultural sites to give them protection from attack in the event of armed conflict. The Blue Shield network consists of organizations dealing with museums, archives, audiovisual supports, libraries, as well as monuments and sites.

Preparing, Protecting, Preserving Family Treasures -- Sponsored by ALA Carnegie-Whitney Award and the Library of Congress Preservation Directorate. This website provides simple instructions, as well as links to more comprehensive information for *Preparing, Protecting, Preserving* many types of family treasures. Using this information, you will have the means to prepare ahead of time, to protect everyday, and if need be to preserve your family treasures after a disaster.

Stovel, Herb. Risk Preparedness: A Management Manual for World Cultural Heritage. Rome: ICCROM, 1998. (PDF file, 7.8 MB)

Thomas, Marcia and Anke Voss. Emergency Response Planning in College Libraries, Clip Note #40. Chicago: ACRL, 2009.
Provides information on disaster and emergency response planning and management to assist librarians in the creation and updates of emergency response plans. 

Sannwald, William W. Checklist of Library Building Design Considerations, Fifth Edition. Chicago: American Library Association, 2009.
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.

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Amigos Library Services Imaging & Preservation Service (IPS), a not-for-profit, grant-funded service that provides preservation information, support, and training to librarians and archivists in the southwestern United States, offers IPS Workshops as Face-to-Face, Live Online, and Self-Paced

FEMA's Emergency Management Institute (EMI) has an Independent Study Program of self-paced online courses designed for people who have emergency management responsibilities and the general public. All are offered free-of-charge to those who qualify for enrollment.

LYRASIS library network offers classes on Preservation in a variety of formats, including online.

Regional Alliance for Preservation (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. 

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