Updated December 19, 2022
Tornadoes, floods, hurricanes, wildfires, and snow storms are threats to all of us who work and volunteer in history organizations. Each incident reminds us that disaster preparedness is critical. Finding help when you are in recovery mode is equally critical.
AASLH has collected resources from various organizations for institutions and individuals recovering from hurricanes, flooding, and other disasters to help provide assistance during this crucial time:
The Heritage Emergency National Task Force (HENTF) provides resources for cultural organizations recovering from a disaster.
- Keep this 24/7 hotline number handy: 202.661.8068. The National Heritage Responders, a team of trained conservators and collections care professionals administered by the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation, are available 24/7 to provide advice.
- Download FEMA’s “After the Flood: Advice for Salvaging Damaged Family Treasures” fact sheet, with tips and resources for individuals and institutions: https://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/113297.
- Familiarize yourself with the disaster declaration process in case one is declared for your state: https://www.fema.gov/disaster-declaration-process.
The American Alliance of Museums (AAM) has a comprehensive list of resources for disaster recovery that includes helpful phone numbers and websites for advice and consultation for museums in active disaster recovery: https://www.aam-us.org/programs/resource-library/disaster-preparedness-response-resources/
AASLH also provides many helpful resources on our website:
- Technical Leaflet #234: Disaster Planning, Preparedness, and Recovery
- Blog Posts Referencing Emergency Preparedness and Recovery
Many state governments and agencies can assist your organization with disaster relief:
- County Predisaster Recovery Planning Guide
- Department of Archives and History Disaster Preparedness and Recovery Resources