It makes a difference. It really does. Having a written plan, doing staff training prior to an event, thinking about all the possibilities and how you would respond. If you have done this preparation, when the unthinkable happens, you are better able to react and respond quickly and appropriately. This saves lives and collections. Because, in a disaster, people don't think clearly, having all the steps clearly written down, makes it much less stressful. All you do is follow the script. Which is much better than standing in the middle of a flooded storage room, flapping your hands and moaning incoherently. (Yes, one curator was doing that when a conservation reponse team arrived 24 hours after the disaster.) Conservators should not be in charge of the disaster recovery at a museum site. That is the responsibility of the museum's staff. Conservators have specialized knowledge that should be used effectively. But they are not good with registration and object tracking, which are essential post disaster skills. Make sure you understand your responsibilities and the roles each specialist plays. All this is clarified when you write a disaster plan.
MS002: Collection Protection - Are you Prepared? On-line Short Course
MS205/6: Disaster Plan Research and Writing Online Course
Books and products we recommend:
The A.R.K.: A Recovery Kit. Based on emergency personnel's incident command system, the A.R.K. is used by museums throughout Minnesota. Created to assist disaster recovery, the A.R.K. leads staff through the first 24 hours of a musem disaster. Applicable to any disaster, the kit provides six laminated position description cards with fill-in resource lists on each, five collection recovery posters, name tags, permanent marker and recovery priority cards. Packaged in a waterproof envelope. The kit should be kept in one to three staff members' cars, so it is immediately accessible.
|The A.R.K.: A Recovery Kit||$75.00||[Add to Cart]|
and Salvage Wheel
|$12.95||[Add to Cart]|
La Rueda de Salvamento y
Respuesta ante Emergencias
(avail. June 2002)
|$12.95||[Add to Cart] [View Cart]|
Steal This Handbook is a comprehensive book covering emergency preparedness and response for every conceivable type and scale of disaster on historic and non-historic materials. Written by the Southeastern Registrars Committee of the American Association of Museums, we purchase it before it is bound and have it punched to fit in a three ring binder. Adding dividers, it becomes an instant addition to an institutional emergency response plan. Response professionals can add useful articles to the enormous amount of recovery information already provided in the book.
|Steal This Handbook||$25.00||[Add to Cart]|
Before Disaster Strikes: Prevention, Planning, and Recovery - Caring for Your Personal Collections in the Event of Disaster by Priscilla O-Reilly Lawrence. A pamphlet designed by the Historic New Orleans Collection for homeowners and collectors to help them prevent damage in the event of a disaster. Includes resource lists and illustrations.
|Before Disaster Strikes $7.00||[Add to Cart]|
The Super Wipe Sponge These extraordinary synthetic PVA sponges have an open-celled structure that is most like natural sea sponge. It absorbs more than natural sponges and won’t tear. The unique, uniform cell structure acts as a holding chamber for liquid. Chamois-type sponges can pick up liquids 5 to 10 times faster than other natural or synthetic products. PVA sponges are not affected by gasoline, oils, most solvents, acids, inks and most household chemicals. Sponge comes damp in a plastic bag in a hard plastic storage tube.
|Super Wipe Sponge 17 inch x 13 inch||$12.00||[Add to Cart]|
|Super Wipe Sponge 27 inch x 17 inch||$14.00||[Add to Cart]|
CCI Tech Bulletin #18 Fire Prevention Programs for Museums by Paul Baril
Will help museums develop and implement effective fire prevention programs. The basic elements of fire prevention programs are discussed, as well as the administration of the program. Numerous examples are provided to help museum staffs prepare documents and procedures.
|Fire Prevention Programs for Museums||$18.00||[Add to Cart]|
CCI Tech Bulletin #19 Security Hardware and Security System Planning for Museums by Wayne Kelly
Helps cultural institutions with their preparations against threats of theft and vandalism. Numerous, inexpensive methods of improving security and various types of currently available sensors and computerized alarm systems are illustrated and described. Several kinds of sensors and their placement within a standardized level of protection proposed for each area in a cultural facility are also recommended.
|Security Hardware & Security System Planning||$18.00||[Add to Cart]|
|$5.00||[Add to Cart]|
Links to related information on other sites:
Terms - Glossary of Disaster Terms
Florida Division of Emergency Management
Pioneer Emergency Preparedness Links
(Disaster) Preparedness initiatives for library staff
Disaster planning literature
Emergency Preparedness and Response (Library of Congress links)
What is an Emergency? What is a Disaster?
solinet Disaster Mitigation & Recovery Resources
solinet Disaster Preparedness & Recovery Internet Resources
Disaster Preparedness and Recovery: Selected Bibliography
Disaster Recovery Services & Supplies
Contents of a Disaster Plan
Disaster Planning Process
Disaster Prevention & Protection Checklist (PDF)
Emergency Services Checklist
In-House Supply Stockpile Checklist (PDF)