Disaster Guidance

A few references to help you preserve your collectibles after a disaster.

The Smithsonian Institution has compiled the following information which we trust will be helpful.

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American Association of Museums (AAM)

American Association for State and Local History (AASLH)

American Institute for Conservation of Historic & Artistic Works (AIC)

AIC's Disaster Response and Recovery page

American Library Association

American Red Cross

Canadian Conservation Insitute Mould Outbreak

Canadian Conservation Institute Preserving My Heritage

Canadian Heritage Information Network. Bibliographic Conservation Information Network

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Chicora Foundation Dealing with Disasters

Conservation Online

Disaster Preparedness and Response
Health and Safety

The Disaster Mitigation Planning Assistance Website

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Hurricane Katrina Information and Resources for Historic Properties and Cultural Resources

Heritage Preservation

Heritage Emergency National Task Force

ICOM Disaster Relief for Museums

Library of Congress

Museum Conservation Institute (MCI)

Taking Care of... Guidelines

Tips for Mold Remediation

National Archives and Records Administration

Disaster Response and Recovery
Emergency Preparedness

National Center for Preservation Technology and Training

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

National Park Service

Conserv O Grams (Section 21 is on Disaster Response and Recovery)

National Trust for Historic Preservation

Northeast Document Conservation Center

Northern States Conservation Center Emergency Preparedness

Regional Alliance for Preservation (RAP)

Smithsonian Institution Archives

Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections (SPNHC)

Society of American Archivists (SAA)

Society of Southwest Archivists (SSA)


Southeastern Museums Conference


Disaster Preparedness and Recovery
Disaster Planning : prevention, preparedness, response, recovery

Western Association for Art Conservation. Salvage at a Glance chart

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Created: September 23, 2005; Updated: April 2013