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Natural and human made disasters pose risks to culturally and historically significant resources, including:
These resources have also been determined to be critical factors in community recovery. They provide an anchor to community identity and shared experience needed for resilience.
Heritage organizations should be working on thier disaster preparation and should be front and center in community emergency planning! Use the resources below to make this critical work happen.
General resources for the emergency and disaster preparedness and preservation of heritage resources including historic properties and collections.
Oregon Office of Emergency ManagementList of Emergency Managers in Oregon by CountyFederal Emergency Management AgencyDisasterAssistance.gov
Oregon Guide to Emergency Preparedness Resources prepared by the Balboa Conservation Center, 2015Oregon Nonprofit Preparedness Report, Nonprofit Association of Oregon 2018
Heritage resources are cirtical to community recovery and resilience following a disaster. Part of your organizational disaster planning should be the promote this value of your organization, and to be at the table in community planning.
Culture in City Reconstruction & Recovery, UNESCOValue of Heritage in Disaster Resilience Report and Messaging Guide, Oregon Heritage Commission
Disaster planning and preparing are critical for organizations, we usually don't realize how critical until it is too late. While it is challenging to face risks and prioritize this work, it is imperative to great a plan and implement it.
Disaster Planning & ResponseDisaster Recovery ToolsPocket Response Plan (PReP)Oregon Office of Emergency ManagementDepartment of Land Conservation & DevelopmentNational Conference of State Historic Preservation OfficersNational Association of Tribal Historic Preservation OfficersAmerican Association for State and Local HistoryAmerican Alliance of Museums Disaster Planning for Historic Cemeteries, Chicora FoundationMaryland Historical Trust
Sample Disaster Preparedness plans
An emergency has occurred and it is time to respond. Heritage recources are cirtical for community recovery, so your organization needs to be there. Even if you have a plan and didn't implement it, or if you didn't have a plan at all you can still access recovery resources.
Pocket Response Plan (PReP)Oregon Guide to Emergency Preparedness Resources, Balboa Arts Conservation Center 2015National Trust for Historic PreservationInstitute for Museum and Library ServicesAmerican Association for State and Local HistoryMinnesota Historical Society Disaster Response and Recovery ResourcesTreatment for Flood Damaged & Older Buildings
Heritage resources are cirtical for community health and recovery in a disaster. Organizations that care for and promote these resources must establish a plan to be prepared for and mitigate damage from emergencies and disasters. Working together within a community to establish goals and acccess resources is good way to prioritize this work.
Working together with the city or county and the other heritage organizations in your community can help develop, implement and coordinate disaster plans and recovery. Check out the model community-wide heritage resource resilience plan, a guidebook to create your own, and the individual organization models!
Disaster Resilience Plan for Heritage Resources in Cottage GroveCottage Grove Historical Society Resilience PlanCottage Grove Museum Disaster Resilience PlanDowntown Cottage Grove Disaster Plan
Guidebook - Use this to assit in creating an organizational plan or a community-wide plan. Appendices inlcude guidance for Tribal, consultation, meeting agenda templates, organization survey questions and plan templates, model community survey, scripts, plan templates, and other resources.
Value of Heritage in Disaster Resilience Report and Messaging Guide- Use this report and risk communication guide to articulate the value of your community's landmarks, historic collections, and intangible heritage to planners, emergency management professionals, and the public.
Videos - The following videos supplement the Guidebook:
The following model organizational
plans, community-wide plan, and guidebook to develop these plans in your
own community were created by Oregon Heritage in partnership with:Institute for Policy Research & EngagementCity of Cottage GroveBohemia Gold Mining MuseumCottage Grove Genealogical SocietyCottage Grove Historical SocietyCottage Grove MuseumMain Street Cottage Grove
The project was funded in part by the Oregon Cultural Trust.
Cottage Grove Genealogical SocietyCottage Grove Historical SocietyCottage Grove MuseumMain Street Cottage Grove
Special message from Oregon Heritage on Wildfire Recovery & Response
Oregon Emergency Management - Includes:
National Heritage Responders - Call 202-661-8068
Western States and Territories Preservation Assistance Service (WESTPAS) resource packet includes:
Disaster Preparedness and Response Resources
State of Oregon: State Archives
After the Fire: Advice for Salvaging Damaged Family Treasures, FEMA
Recovery Checklist, The State Archives and Records Authority of New South Wales, Australia
Fire damage, Chicora Foundation - includes response and treatment advice
Save your Treasures the Right Way, Heritage Emergency National Task Force
Some safety resources from California related to fire ash
and clean up:
Rapid Building and Site Condition Assessment, National Center for Preservation
Condition Assessment Tools for Aid in Disaster Response and Recovery, National Center for Preservation Technology and Training
National Archives Objects Recovery, Mitigation
First aid for fired damage of audiovisual materials, The National Film and Sound Archive of Australia
Conservation advice: Cleaning sootdamaged objects, Australian War Memorial
Fire damage, Chicora Foundation - includes response and
Saving DamagedFamily Treasures after a Fire, Heritage Emergency National Task Force
Watch the Field Guide to Emergency
Response “Dealing with Soot” video (Windows
Media Player 5.9 MB or Flash
4 KB or on YouTube)
Smoke and Odor Removal, State Library of New South Wales
Recovering fire-damaged records, National Archives of
How can you salvage your family's precious belongings? Australian Institute for the Conservtion of Cultural Materials
Collection Emergencies, Library of Congress - Includes gettinig rid of the smell of smoke, removing soot, and how to find a conservator
Repeat after us: The heritage work you do is critical to the community! No matter if you sustained losses or damage.
Critical role historic places and collections play in recovery – Oregon Heritage Exchange
Community Trauma Toolkit, Australian Institute for Disaster Resillience
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