Your emergency plan will guide your response activities, as you will have already identified the people and steps needed to speed recovery. During times of crisis in New York City you can turn to Alliance for Response for advice and up to the minute information. You can bookmark this website and/or our Facebook page for updates from AFR as well as from the NYC Office of Emergency Management. Within the next year we will be providing a disaster assistance hotline to compliment our Heritage Response Team.
Additional tools and resources for disaster response and salvage are listed below. It is recommended that you review these resources in advance of an event, as part of your yearly emergency plan training.
Response & Recovery Resources
- The Emergency Response and Salvage (ERS) wheel, offered by Heritage Preservation helps you find valuable information and save your objects.
- The Emergency Response and Salvage (ERS) wheel is also available free of charge as a mobile app for Apple, Android, and Blackberry users
- Heritage Preservation also offers a Rapid Collections Assessment Form
and a Rapid Building and Site Assessment Form
These are intended to complement your disaster plan and may be used during initial response.
- Heritage Preservation also offers a video for Salvage of objects affected by soot and ash.
- Heritage Preservation also offers a series of videos on How to Save Wet Books.
- The Image Permanence Institute’s A Consumer Guide for Recovery of Water-Damaged Traditional and Digital Prints is an excellent resource for anyone needing help with print salvage.
- First Aid for Art is a handbook written by conservators that aims to assist non-specialists with the salvage of cultural property. It is available in hardcopy or an ebook.
- The Incident Command System is a proven management tool that safeguards lives, property, an priceless collections and the book. Implementing the Incident Command System at the Institutional Level: A Handbook for Libraries, Archives, Museums, and Other Cultural Institutions, can be purchased here.
- CERF+ Studio Protector: The Artist’s Guide to Emergencies is the one tool no studio should be without. The wall guide is an easy to use disaster readiness and response toolkit designed by artists for artists.
- Also featured on Studio Protector- Do it Yourself or Hire a Pro?: An Art Conservator Walks You Through the Process is a plain spoken discussion by MJ Davis.
- The Salvage at a Glance table, originally published in the WAAC Newsletter would be a great document to print out, read in advance and tack to your studio or office wall.
- IMLS’s Connecting to Collections.
- NEDCC offers Emergency Management Leaflets, several of which include steps for salvage of paper, books, and photographs.
- The National Park Service offers their Conserve-O-Gram leaflet series. Section 21 of their PDFs series offers a variety of expertise on disaster response and recovery with specific attention paid to salvage.
- Heritage Preservation has compiled a disaster supplies shopping list.
- The Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts (CCAHA) offers extensive lists of service providers and supply and equipment vendors for disaster preparedness, response, and recovery.
- The National Trust for Historic Preservation offers resources for homeowners.