Disaster Response and Relief Resources

SAA's MayDay initiative focuses on disaster preparedness, encouraging you to do something – even if it's something simple – every May 1 to "help save our archives." Still, disasters do happen. These resources help you stay informed about community responses to archives-related disasters, as well as national and international aid initiatives.

For immediate advice or assistance, see the Northeast Document Conservation Center's Emergency Resources or contact NEDCC's 24/7 Emergency Hotline at 855-245-8303. 


National Disaster Recovery Fund for Archives
Originally established to address the stabilization and recovery needs of archival repositories affected by Hurricane Katrina, this fund now provides grants that support the recovery of archives collections from major disasters, regardless of region or repository type.

NEH Chairman's Emergency Grants Available for Humanities Institutions Impaced by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma
Cultural institutions in FEMA-designated disaster areas of Texas, Louisiana, Florida, and other impacted states and U.S. territories can apply immediately for NEH Chairman’s Emergency Grants of up to $30,000 to preserve documents, books, photographs, art works, historical objects, sculptures, and structures damaged by the hurricane and subsequent flooding. 

Applying for Federal Disaster Assistance
For arts organizations and cultural institutions affected by recent hurricanes, these resources will walk you through the process of applying for Federal disaster assistance in Florida, Texas, or Puerto Rico (Deadline: February 17).


Wildfire Recovery Resources

Hurricane Relief Resources 

Flood Recovery Resources


Midwest Flooding (March 2019)

Hurricane Lane (August 2018)

Hurricane Irma (September 2017)

Hurricane Harvey (August 2017)

National Heritage Responders Available to Assist with Tropical Storm Hermine (Sept. 2016)

FEMA: Be Informed - Natural Disasters (May 2012)

Earthquake in Chile (Feb. 2010)

International Relief for Haitian Cultural Heritage (Feb. 2010)

Upper Midwest Flooding (Heritage Emergency National Task Force Archive of Disaster Information) (March 2009)

Tragedy in Cologne, Germany (March 2009)

Emergency Response for Midwest Flooding (June 2008)

Iraqi Archives (2003-2008)

Hurricane Katrina Recovery Information (Sept. 2005)

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