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AMIGOS Preservation and Imaging Services (800-843-8482) offers assistance before, during and after an emergency. AMIGOS Imaging & Preservation Services is a non-profit, grant-funded service that provides preservation information, support and training to librarians, archivists, and museums in the Southwestern U.S., primarily the states of Arizona, Arkansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. Established in 1991 with a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the IPS began by documenting the preservation needs of libraries and archives in the Southwest. Today, IPS provides information, disaster planning and recovery assistance, training and site surveys, as well as developing state and local cooperative networks and serving as an advocate for preservation regionally and nationally.
In the case of a Disaster, AMIGOS Preservation
and Imaging Services is available to assist your institution with
recovery from damage caused by various emergency situations, including
natural disasters, fire, pipe leaks, mold and pest infestations,
construction accidents and vandalism. In the event of an emergency
or its aftermath, call IPS for information, guidance, referrals
to local resources and on-site assistance as required. For institutional
disaster planning activities, the IPS offers an "Emergency
Preparedness and Recovery" workshop.
A basic disaster plan can be viewed on the web with Adobe Acrobat Reader.
A bibliography and other information are also available on their website.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has many good resources for dealing with emergencies caused by disasters.
The portion of the FEMA website that specifically deals with Historic Preservation is: http://www.fema.gov/hp/.
The FEMA Historic Preservation Desk Reference (478 pages) can be viewed with Adobe Acrobat Reader.
FEMA also offers training for personnel who may have to deal with disasters.
The New Mexico Emergency Management Bureau
Department of Public Safety
P.O. Box 1628
13 Bataan Boulevard
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505
You're First is a helpful brochure from the American Institute
for Conservation that will assist you on what to first in the event
of a disaster, Read it now before you need it for an emergency.
Refer to the topic in Conservation On Line (CoOL) for a very complete and up-to-date set of references and tips for dealing with emergencies.
Mitigation Planning Assistance
This website has a searchable database of experts, resources, and products for disasters.
New York Disaster Preparedness and Recovery Manual for Libraries
The purpose of the Western New York Disaster Preparedness and Recovery Manual for Libraries and Archives is to encourage the development of individual disaster plans in archives and libraries.
Salvage at a Glance (Betty Walsh) was published in the WAAC Newsletter in 1997.
There is a second article primarily on dealing with waterlogged archival materials also by Betty Walsh, Salvage Operations for Water Damaged Archival Collections: A Second Glance.
Help! A Survivor's Guide to Emergency Preparedness is available for purchase. The publication is a collection of guidelines, tips and case studies written from the authors' experience. It is intended to help museums, archives and galleries to prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergencies. Each 3-ring binder also includes an "Emergency Response and Salvage Wheel" from the National Task Force and a copy of Betty Walsh's "Salvage at a Glance" wall chart on waterproof paper. It costs $40 (Canadian dollars) and can be purchased by contacting:
9829 - 103 Street
Edmonton, AB T5K 0X9
Steal this Handbook written Allyn Lord, Carolyn Reno, and Marie Demeroukas and sold by the Southeastern Registrars Association (SERA) is a template for creating a museum's emergency preparedness plan. This $25 manual has 250 pages of great information. You will find an order form at: http://www.seregistrars.org/orderform.htm
P.O. Box 30423
Bethesda, Maryland 20824
(301) 320-7231 Fax: (301) 320-7232
ProText, Inc. works to assist cultural institutions to minimize the damage caused by natural or manmade disasters by helping the caretakers of collections to be prepared with effective products and information. They have excellent resource guides available on-line,
Steamatic Catastrophe, Inc.
303 Arthur Street
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Toll Free: (800) 433-2940; 24 hr. hotline Telephone: (817) 332-2770
Fax: (817) 332-6728
DISASTER RECOVERY SERVICES, ODOR REMOVAL, VACUUM FREEZE-DRYING
Disaster Recovery Services
2425 Blue Smoke Court South
Ft. Worth, TX 76105
Toll Free: (800) 856-3333 (24-hr. hotline)
Telephone: (817) 535-6793
Fax: (817) 536-1167
Hours: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm M-F; 24-hr hotline
Disaster recovery and recovery planning services including vacuum freeze drying services.
Munters deals with moisture control problems as varied disaster recovery to humidity control in buildings.
Solex Environmental Systems
P.O. Box 460242
Houston, TX 77056
Contact: Don Hartsell
Toll Free: (800) 848-0484; 24-hr. hotline
Telephone: (713) 963-8600
Fax: (713) 461-5877
Hours: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm M-F
Solex offers vacuum freeze-drying services, portable freezing chambers, environmental control systems, and decontamination services.
This is by no means an exhaustive list, nor is it meant to be an endorsement on the part of the New Mexico Association of Museums.