Preparing for disasters is a group effort.
If you are in the middle of an emergency, or just want to prepare for one, online and phone resources can give information about preparing for and responding to many types of emergencies. You may also want to contact your local emergency response center.
WESTPAS, the Western States and Territories Preservation Assistance Service, has an emergency toll-free number: 1-888-905-7737. Call for phone consultation with a disaster response specialist. There is no charge for this service, which is provided to libraries, archives, museums, historical societies, and other cultural institutions in Oregon.
Preparing and Responding
The Connecting to Collections Preservation Project has created an online guide for emergencies.
Oregon Heritage has produced two Heritage Bulletins to assist with disaster planning, response and recovery.
Disaster Planning and Response
Disaster Recovery Tools
Oregon Heritage, as part of training supported with a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, has also modified for Oregon institutions a fillable Pocket Response Plan (PReP) originally developed by the Council of State Archivists.
If you want a collections professional to help guide you through the PReP or the creation of a full disaster plan, contact the Oregon Heritage MentorCorps at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Oregon Office of Emergency Services has created a guide for cultural institutions working with first responders.
Heritage Preservation: The National Institute for Conservation has prepared a list of resources for disaster response and recovery.
The Oregon Guide to Emergency Preparedness Resources has been prepared by the Balboa Conservation Center.
The Registrars Committee of the Western Region has also compiled a directory of emergency preparedness resources.
The Minnesota Historical Society also has created a webpage of Disaster Resource and Recovery Resources.
The Chicora Foundation has developed a manual for disaster planning in cemeteries.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation has published a booklet to help building owners minimize structural and cosmetic flood damage.
Here are examples of disaster plans:
Architectural Heritage Center, Portland Disaster Preparedness and Response Plan
Lane County Historical Museum, Eugene Disaster Response Plan.