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.
The Connecting to Collections Preservation Project has created an online guide for emergencies.
Oregon Heritage has produced a Heritage Bulletin that gives steps an organization can take to prepare a disaster plan and a response manual.
The Institute of Museum and Library Services has created a list of informational guides.
Heritage Preservation: The National Institute for Conservation has prepared free downloads about disaster planning and recovery on its resources page.
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.
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.
Here are examples of disaster plans:
Architectural Heritage Center, Portland Disaster Preparedness and Response Plan
Lane County Historical Museum, Eugene Disaster Response Plan.