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Disaster and Emergency Preparedness for Libraries: Recovery and Preservation

Recovering from a Disaster or Emergency

Once a disaster and/or emergency has passed recovery is very important and includes the preservation of library materials that may have been damaged.  The below resources are focused on helping you and your community recover from a disaster and/or emergency as well as preserving your collection.  


Recovery Resources:

  • Provides disaster survivors with information, support, services, and a means to access and apply for disaster assistance through joint data-sharing efforts between federal, tribal, state, local, and private sector partners.



Preservation and Conservation Resources:

Library of Congress (LOC):

  • What to do When Collections Get Wet: Includes videos, action lists, and instructions for drying materials depending on what they are and other potential situations that might arise. 

American Institute for Conservation (AIC):

  • Tip Sheets: Include information on long term recovery, mold, drying wet collections, and more.

National Archives and Records Administration:

Conservation OnLine: Resources by and for conservators and related fields, operated by the Foundation for Advancement in Conservation.

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