Disaster Response Q&A

Once a disaster strikes, the knee-jerk reaction is to rush in and save everything, but racing in without advance planning puts collections at risk of more damage and staff at risk of injury.

Attendees at this 2015 webinar submitted questions in advance through an online form and brought them to the webinar. Topics covered reflect the interests of participants and cover disaster response, including assessment and planning, working with vendors and volunteers, handling public relations, and managing collection salvage.

Watch the recordings now

These two sessions, one from 2010, one from 2015, include a wealth of information from expert Nancy Kraft.

2015: Disaster Response Q & A webinar recording (.wmv)  YouTube videopresentation slides (.pdf)

2010: Disaster Response webinar recording (.wmv)

More resources from the webinar: (all .doc files in one .zip file)


This free session is part of the Preservation Week series:

Date Title Presenter
April 28 Moving Image Preservation 101 Siobhan C. Hagan
April 30 Digital Preservation for Individuals and Small Groups Mike Ashenfelder
May 1 Disaster Response Q&A Nancy E. Kraft

Find more resources on preparing for a disaster on the Preservation Week website.

Learning Outcomes

Participants will learn strategies to manage a disaster situation and methods for collection salvage.

Who Should Attend

This session is geared towards librarians and others working with collections, but anyone with an interest is encouraged to attend.


Nancy E Kraft is the Head of Preservation & Conservation at the University of Iowa Libraries. Kraft has assisted in many disaster recoveries, large and small. Kraft is active in ALA and is a Board Member of the US Committee of the Blue Shield, a nonprofit organization committed to the protection of cultural property worldwide during armed conflict.




How to Register

There is no fee for the webinar, just click on the links to the recordings:

Disaster Response Q & A webinar recording (.wmv)  |  YouTube video

Disaster Response webinar recording (.wmv)

Tech Requirements

Computer with Internet access (high-speed connection is best) and media player software. Headphones recommended.

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For questions or comments related to the webinars, contact Julie Reese, ALCTS Events Manager at 1-800-545-2433, ext. 5034 or jreese@ala.org.