Baltimore Academic Library Consortium (BALC) Disaster Preparedness Plan provides information on recovery of library materials by format and a list of supplies, experts and services to assist during a disaster.
Disaster Recovery - ALA's Association of Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) Preservation Tools
Disaster Recovery - Beyond Words, the Dollar General school library relief fund
Disaster Response & Recovery guides and information are available from the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works.
Heritage Emergency National Task Force provides Response and Recovery Resources. The Information on Major Disasters page lists current locations and links to a ten-minute online streaming video, Coping with Water Damage. Available from the group directly is its Emergency Response and Salvage Wheel, which has essential information to help you cope quickly and effectively when disaster strikes. Read When the Dust Settles: Tips for Safely Cleaning Family Treasures (PDF) for instructions and advice on how to clean your cherished possessions of dust, ash, and debris.
Pardue, Diana R. "Volcanic Ash: Cleaning Museum Objects" (PDF). Conserve O Gram Number 3/5 (July 1993).
Prepare for and Respond to Emergencies from IMLS (Institute for Museum and Library Services) Connecting to Collections: A Call to Action
U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) provides Records Emergency Information for Cultural and Historic Institutions, advising Respond and Recover: Respond as soon as it is safe to enter the area after an emergency and Recover records or cultural property damaged by the emergency. See NARA's General Information on Drying the Environment and Wet Materials (PDF). Information available by media type includes photographs and film, books and bound volumes, audio and video tapes, and computer hard drives and CDs/DVDs.
What To Do If Collections Get Wet: Emergency Drying Procedures for Water Damaged Collections from Collections Care of the Library of Congress - Preservation
Beyond Words, the Dollar General school library relief fund - Dollar General, in collaboration with the American Library Association (ALA), the American Association of School Librarians (AASL, a division of ALA) and the National Education Association (NEA), is sponsoring a school library disaster relief fund for public school libraries in the states served by Dollar General. The fund will provide grants to public schools whose school library program has been affected by a disaster. Grants are to replace or supplement books, media and/or library equipment in the school library setting. The program also features a comprehensive website devoted to disaster preparedness with resources and a toolkit (PDF, 4 pages) to help school librarians prepare for and deal with natural disasters and terrorist acts.
CDC Disasters | Fact Sheet: Prevent Injury after a Disaster - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Emergency Preparedness & Response
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.
Fox, Lisa (senior conservator at the Missouri State Archives and a member of Grace Episcopal Church, Jefferson City, Mo). Since You Asked... (response to question about hurricane recovery) Episcopal Life, October 2005.
Guide to Navigating Federal Emergency Management Agency and Small Business Administration Disaster Aid for Cultural Institutions - A general guide to seeking federal funding to aid in disaster response and recovery. Federal disaster assistance is available only if the President declares a federal emergency or major disaster. To find out if a declaration has been issued, you can check http://www.fema.gov/disasters
Helping United States Libraries After Disasters - Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you think we can help with libraries affected by natural disasters. Please let us know whether the American Library Association can help in any way toward recovery. Contact the Chapter Relations Offce: Michael Dowling at 312-280-3200 or Don Wood at 312-280-2429.
Library of Congress Web site titled "Learning from Katrina," which provides insights for better responses to record and artifact damage by hurricanes. Visitors can hear seven interviews with professional conservators who helped salvage collections affected in August 2005.
Missouri State Library Local Records Preservation Program has compiled Supplies and Services for Records Preservation, listing companies around the USA, including some for Disaster Recovery, Care of Books, and Pest Management.
Strudwick, Jane. "A Selected Bibliography of Library Disaster Stories: Before, During, and After." in Public Library Quarterly, vol. 25, no. 3/4, 2006, p. 7-16.
Zach, Lisl, and Michelynn Mcknight. 2010. "Special Services in Special Times - Responding to Changed Information Needs During and After Community-Based Disasters." Public Libraries. 49, no. 2: 37. - Article Examines the Differences between Traditional Disaster Planning and Planning for Responsive Information Services and Probes the Special Information Needs of Users in Communities Affected by Disasters.
Last updated August 2013