Archival Adventures in Small Repositories

Disaster Preparedness

Wednesday, 10/31/12

We hope that everyone is safe, dry, and secure in the wake of "Frankenstorm" Sandy! With all the excitement of the past few days, now is a good time to write--or review--the disaster plan for your institution.

Disaster planning is important at every institution, and essential for repositories safeguarding cultural heritage. This includes small archival repositories as well as large. The Society of American Archivists has an extensive annotated list of disaster preparedness resources at http://www2.archivists.org/initiatives/mayday-saving-our-archives/annotated-resources. Those resources particularly useful to small archival repositories include:

Overwhelmed by the long list above? Don't worry, there's an app for that! Heritage Preservation just released their popuar Emergency Response and Salvage Wheel as an iPhone/iPad app (or you can still buy it in paper form). Don't let the next disaster catch you unprepared!

The photograph at the top of this blog post is from the A. C. Chadwick scrapbooks at the East Falls Historical Society. The caption reads: "West Manayunk. Aftermath of the flood of February 28th 1902, at the old Pay Bridge, at Green Lane. Picture taken from west end of structure, on coming of March 1st, 1902, when the water had lowered three feet."

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