Posted by: Ashley | September 5, 2008

Hurricane Season

A message from the head of our Collections Management Branch:

As we head into the active part of hurricane season and our attention is focused on numerous storms in the Atlantic, the Archives and Records Section of the Department of Cultural Resources would like to remind staff in cultural repositories across the state that there are many valuable resources available on-line for both preparation prior to emergencies and recovery afterwards, should your collections become damaged. It is not too late to make emergency preparedness part of your on-going activities. Good protection of your collections and emergency response planning ahead of time can mitigate the impact of a disaster on your collections. Below are some links that may be of immediate assistance to you in the next few days. If you have additional questions about disaster preparedness or recovery, or if you need advice about damaged paper based collections, please contact Sarah Koonts, the head of the Collections Management Branch at the Archives and Records Section, at (919) 807-7339. After hours she can be reached at (919) 303-7413.

Preparation: The Southeastern Library Network (SOLINET) has many links to disaster resources on this page. Links from this page include steps to take before and after a storm hits. There also are links to information on disaster mitigation and recovery resources, as well as other SOLINET disaster publications.

Recovery: The American Institute for Conservation has a Collections Emergency Response Team (CERT). Their 24 hour assistance number for advice by phone is (202) 661-8068. This is also the number to call to arrange for a team to come to the site to complete damage assessments and help with salvage organization. A brochure on these services can be found at http://aic.stanford.edu/news/AIC-CERT.pdf

Heritage Preservation also maintains some web pages with useful information and links regarding disaster preparedness and recovery. Their Gulf Coast Hurricanes web pages provide valuable links to information on such topics as saving your treasures the right way, grants for preservation, and a place to report damage and request assistance.

Personal safety always comes first. Please protect yourself and your property. If the Department of Cultural Resources can be of assistance to your institution, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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