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1. Disaster Mitigation and Preparedness
Amigos Library Services

“A Disaster Plan for Libraries and Archives” (PDF)


“Facilities Assessment” (PDF)

COnservation OnLine (CoOl)

“Disaster Plans” (examples of plans from a variety of repositories)

National Park Service (U. S.)

Conserve O Gram. http://www.cr.nps.gov/museum/publications/conserveogram/cons_toc.html

21/1 Health and Safety Hazards Arising From Floods

21/9 Be Prepared: Develop a Museum Emergency Operations Plan
21/10 Museum Staff Emergency Procedures: A Sample Emergency Telephone List
21/11 Museum Staff Emergency Procedures: A Sample Emergency "Flip Chart"
NN/LM Emergency Preparedness & Response Toolkit (National Network of Libraries of Medicine) http://dtw2t.wordpress.com/category/disaster-planning/
Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC)

Preservation Leaflets (for complete listing, see: http://www.nedcc.org/resources/leaflets.list.php)

Section 3: Emergency Management

3.1 Protection from Loss: Water and Fire Damage, Biological Agents, Theft, and Vandalism

3.2 An Introduction to Fire Detection, Alarm, and Automatic Fire Sprinklers

3.3 Disaster Planning

3.4 Worksheet for Outlining a Disaster Plan

Disaster Planning (dPlan). “A free template for writing disaster plans.”


COSTEP: Coordinated Statewide Emergency Preparedness. “A planning tool designed to bring together cultural resource institutions with emergency management agencies and first responders … blueprint for preparing for area-wide disasters and building alliances with federal, state, and local emergency management agencies.” http://www.nedcc.org/services/disaster.costep.php
Southeastern Library Services Network (SOLINET)

“Disaster Prevention and Planning”


“Disaster Prevention and Protection Checklist” (PDF)


“Disaster Planning Process”

“Contents of a Disaster Plan”


“In-House Supply Stockpile Checklist”

2. Disaster Response and Collection Salvage Source Materials
American Institute for Conservation of Historic & Artistic Works (AIC)

“Disaster Response and Recovery”


AIC-CERT Rapid Response for Cultural Institutions

“The mission of AIC-CERT is to respond to the needs of cultural institutions during emergencies and disasters through coordinated efforts with first responders, state agencies, vendors and the public.” http://aic.stanford.edu/news/AIC-CERT.pdf (brochure).

Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA)

AMIA Hurricane Relief: What to Do About Your Home Movie Damage

http://aic.stanford.edu/news/AIC-CERT.pdf (includes links to FAQ and film labs in the U.S.)

Salvaging Flooded Videotapes

Canadian Conservation Institute

Technical Bulletin series

Not available online. Ordering information:

Iraci, Joe, “Disaster Recovery of Modern Information Carriers: Compact Discs, Magnetic Tapes, and Magnetic Disks” (Ottawa, Ontario: Canadian Conservation Institute, 2002) (Technical Bulletin No. 25).
Iraci, Joe, “Remedies for Deteriorated or Damaged Modern Information Carriers” (Ottawa, Ontario: Canadian Conservation Institute, 2005) (Technical Bulletin No. 27)
Center for Art History and Historic Artifacts (CCAHA)

PDFs available from the CCAHA website www.ccaha.org/tech_bulletins.php:

Disaster Recovery: Salvaging Art on Paper (Philadelphia, PA: Center for Art History and Historic Artifacts, 2000)

Disaster Recovery: Salvaging Books (Philadelphia, PA: Center for Art History and Historic Artifacts, 2002)

Disaster Recovery: Salvaging Photograph Collections (Philadelphia, PA: Center for Art History and Historic Artifacts, 1998)
Heritage Preservation

“Emergency Response and Salvage Wheel” https://www.heritagepreservation.org/catalog/Wheel1.htm

Field Guide to Emergency Response


Guide to Navigating FEMA and SBA Disaster Aid for Cultural Institutions


“Save Your Treasures the Right Way”

National Park Service (U. S.)

Conserve O Gram series:


21/2 An Emergency Cart for Salvaging Water-Damaged Objects 2002

21/3 Salvage of Water-Damaged Collections: Salvage at a Glance 2002

21/4 Salvage at a Glance, Part I: Paper Based Collections 2002

21/5 Salvage at a Glance, Part Ionone-Paper Based Archival Collections 2002

21/6 Salvage at a Glance, Part III: Object Collections 2002

21/7 Salvage at a Glance, Part IV: Natural History Collections 2003

21/8 Salvage at a Glance, Part V: Textiles 2003

Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) http://www.nedcc.org/resources/leaflets.list.php

Preservation Leaflet series, Section 3, “Emergency Management”

3.6 Emergency Salvage of Wet Books and Records

3.7 Emergency Salvage of Wet Photographs

3.8 Emergency Salvage of Moldy Books and Paper

Southeastern Library Network, Inc. (SOLINET)

Preservation Services Leaflets. For a complete listing of titles, see: http://www.solinet.net/Preservation/Disaster%20Resources/Publications.aspx

“Decision-making Tree for Disaster Recovery” http://www.solinet.net/Preservation/Resources%20and%20Publications/Decisionmaking%20Tree.aspx

“Drying Techniques for Water-Damaged Books and Records” http://www.solinet.net/Preservation/Resources%20and%20Publications/Drying%20Techniques.aspx

“Drying Wet Books and Records” http://www.solinet.net/Preservation/Resources%20and%20Publications/Drying%20Wet%20Books%20and%20Records.aspx


Individual Works and Additional Online Sources
Bradford, Owen, and Matthew Parsons, “Vacuum packaging and humidity removal as a recovery strategy” Owen Bradford is Head, Conservation, Newcastle University; Matthew Parsons is Conservator, Tyne & Wear Archive.

Cornell University. Library Preservation and Conservation Tutorial. “Disasters / Response and Recovery.”

Jovic, Kara, “Water Damage Restoration Using Freeze Drying Equipment, Techniques.” Luther Hospital in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

Kaplan, Hilary A. and Kathleen A. Ludwig, “Efficacy of Various Drying Methods”

(Document Conservation Laboratory. National Archives and Records Administration). Open the PDF version to see the complete 100-slide presentation with images.


Macgregor, Colin A., “The Effects of Freezing and Freeze Drying of Waterlogged Photographic Materials: an Interim Report” in Materials Conservation (Sydney, NSW, Australia: Australian Museum, 2001). Originally published in Redefining Disasters, preprints of conference, State Library of NSW, 1995

McCleary, John M. Vacuum freeze-drying, a method used to salvage water-damaged archival and library materials: a RAMP study with guidelines. (Paris: UNESCO, General Information Programme and UNISIST, April 1987). (PGI-87/WS/7).

M.U. Libraries, University of Missouri, Columbia. Disaster Preparedness, Response and Recovery Manual, Section IV, Salvage Procedures, 4.1 – 4.7.

National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). NFPA 75: Standard for the Protection of Electronic Computer/Data Processing Equipment (Quincy, MA: National Fire Protection Association, 2003). Available from NFPA:

Ray, Emily, “The Prague Library Floods of 2002: Crisis and Experimentation.”

Schnare, Robert E. “Disaster Recovery Contract”

Screensound Australia.

“Disaster Prevention and Disaster Recovery Planning”


“First Aid for Fire Damaged Audio Visual Material” http://www.nfsa.gov.au/preservation/care_audiovisual/fire_damaged.html

“Fire affected video tapes” (PDF)


“Fire affected photographic materials”


“Fire affected audio materials”

Smolian, Steve, “MLA Disaster Talk 99 7 pp” Revised version of talk on recorded sound acetate and vinyl disc storage and disaster recovery given by Steve Smolian at the Music Library Association on 3/15/1999.

Specs Brothers. http://www.specsbros.com/

“Disaster Recovery”


“Hurricane & Flood Recovery Advice”


Syracuse University Libraries. “Procedures for Recovering Audio and Sound Recording Materials” http://library.syr.edu/information/preservation/audio.htm

Tracer Technologies, Inc. “Restoration Tips: Cleaning the Surface of a Record”

Tremain, David, Notes on Emergency Drying of Coated Papers Damaged by Water

Video Interchange (Waldoboro, Maine). “Video Technology Observations & things to consider” (section of website that includes discussion and images of videotape recovery).

Walsh, Betty, Salvage Operations for Water Damaged Archival Collections: A Second Glance WAAC Newsletter, Volume 19, Number 2, May 1997

Waters, Peter, Procedures for Salvage of Water Damaged Library Materials


3. Mold
Canadian Conservation Institute

Technical Bulletin series. Not available online. Ordering information:

Guild, Sherry and Maureen MacDonald, “Mould Prevention and Collection Recovery: Guidelines for Heritage Collections” (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: Canadian Conservation Institute, 2004) (Technical Bulletin No. 26).
Center for Art History and Historic Artifacts (CCAHA). “Managing a Mold Invasion: Guidelines for Disaster Response”

Conservation Online (CoOl). Mold.

Craig-Bullen, Catherine, “Guidelines for the Preservation and Treatment of Mould-Damaged Archival and Library Material” The Archivist (Library and Archives Canada), No. 112, 2000). http://www.collectionscanada.ca/015/002/015002-2030-e.html
Harvard University. Library Preservation at Harvard. “Guidelines for Managing Mold Contamination.” http://preserve.harvard.edu/guidelines/mold/html
Hobart Dicus, Diana, “One Response to a Collection-Wide Mold Outbreak: How Bad Can It Be? How Good Can It Get?” JAIC Online, vol. 39, no. 1, Article 7.

National Library of Medicine. Molds.

New York City Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene. “Guidelines on Assessment and Remediation of Fungi in Indoor Environments.”

Reidell, Sarah, “Breaking the Mold.” Presentation from the TLA Conference

San Antonio, Texas, March 29, 2001.

Southeastern Library Network, Inc. (SOLINET)

Preservation Services Leaflet series

“Invasion of the Giant Mold Spore”

U. S. Dept. of Health and Human Services (DHHS). Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Mold.” http://www.cdc.gov/mold/
U. S. Dept. of Labor. Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA). “A Brief Guide to Mold in the Workplace” http://www.osha.gov/dts/shib/shib101003.html
U. S. Dept. of Labor. Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA). OSHA Respiratory Protection Program. “How to Select a Respirator.”


U. S. Environmental Protection agency (EPA). Indoor Air Quality – Mold. “Mold Resources” http://www.epa.gov/mold/moldresources.html

U. S. Environmental Protection agency (EPA). Mold Course - Chapter 6 - Containment and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Lesson 4 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). http://www.epa.gov/mold/moldcourse/chapter6/lesson4.html
U.S. National Park Service

Conserve O Gram series:


3/4 Mold: Prevention of Growth in Museum Collections

21/1 Health and Safety Hazards Arising From Floods
4. Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) – FEMA Online Resources

“Continuity of Operations (COOP) Programs”


“Preparedness and Training”


National Incident Management Systems (NIMS)

“NIMS Resource Center”


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