Good emergency preparedness can mitigate certain hazards and ensure that other emergencies do not turn into full-scale disasters. However, when a disaster does occur individuals must be trained to respond appropriately to assure safety of personnel and collections, and prepare for the salvage stage that follows.
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Additional Resources for Emergency Response
- The American Institute for Conservation Collections Emergency Response Team (AIC-CERT) responds to the needs of cultural institutions during emergencies and disasters through coordinated efforts with first responders, state agencies, vendors and the public. For 24-hour assistance, call (202) 661-8068.
For more information on AIC disaster response and recovery information visit the AIC website.
- The Northeast Document Center As part of its Preservation Services program offers an emergency assistance program for institutions and individuals with damaged paper-based collections. Call the Disaster Assistance Hotline: 978-470-1010
- Lyrasis is a library based organization with a search function to find vendors to help with environmental stabilization and building clean-up.