National Level Resources

American Institute for Conservation (AIC) National Heritage Responders (NHR); formerly the American Institute for Conservation – Collections Emergency Response Team (AIC – CERT)

  • A 24-hour hotline at 202.661.8068 for free advice by phone.

  • Volunteer team deployments may come to the site at no cost to complete a damage assessment and help organize salvage operations.

  • Online and print resources to help institutions and individuals recover.

American Library Association Disaster Preparedness Clearinghouse Site: Annotated list of disaster preparedness links, resources and training.

Conservation OnLine Disaster Preparedness and Response: A comprehensive list of resources, including disaster plans, case histories, and many other resources.

Council of State Archivists 

Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC): Nationally adopted interstate mutual aid agreement.

FEMA Environmental Planning and Historic Preservation Program: Provides links to Community Emergency Response Teams, among other things.

Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (FAIC): Heritage Emergency Programs

Library of Congress Preservation Response & Recovery Resources

LYRASIS Disaster Assistance (800) 999-8558, email In addition to maintaining a 24-hour disaster assistance hotline, LYRASIS also provides disaster planning resources and information about recovery tactics for water, fire, pest or mold damage.

Midwest Art Conservation Center (612) 870-3120: The MACC Disaster Prevention Network provides phone and email assistance in the event of an emergency. They also provide workshops on topics including collection risk assessment and emergency response techniques. Annual fees start at $50.

Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC): Emergency advice hotline, quick reference for disaster recovery vendors, and preservation leaflets.

National Archives and Records Administration Records Emergency Information 

National Park Service Conserv-O-Gram Salvage of Water Damaged Collections

Nixle: Sign up to receive free text and/or email alerts from your state emergency response agencies. Text your ZIP code to 888777 or register online.

Northeast Document Conservation Center: 24-hour Collections Emergency Hotline (855) 245-8303. Website provides contact information for commercial recovery service providers. 

Regional Alliance for Preservation: Emergency response services.

Society of American Archivists May Day: Saving Our Archives: Includes a comprehensive annotated bibliography on disaster planning and recovery resources.

Storm Prediction Center: NOAA and National Weather Service severe weather forecasts.