Disaster Resources

Disasters can strike anyone, anytime! Below are some helpful resources to help you and your museum recover. If you have suggestions or ideas for this page, please email us at scfm@southcarolinamuseums.org 

List of Conservators in South Carolina who can help you save your family treasures! 

SCFM White Gloves Gang- the WGG is here to help you with your museum collections and the WGG offers assistance from a variety of backgrounds. 

Historic Columbia Foundation Offers Preservation Services to Flood Victims-
In response to the recent flooding catastrophe, Historic Columbia’s Department of Cultural Resources staff is offering free consultation services for basic preservation of damaged items (paintings, family photos, furniture and textiles, etc.). Staff will come to affected areas as resources allow. For more information, please contact historiccolumbia.org

Recovering Personal Items After a Flood- South Carolina State Library

American Institute for Conservation – Collections Emergency Response Team
AIC's disaster response and recovery efforts encompass facilitating the American Institute for Conservation - Collections Emergency Response Team (AIC-CERT) training; working through FAIC with the Smithsonian Institution and the U.S. Committee of the Blue Shield to help recover cultural and historic artifacts damaged by the 2010 earthquakes in Haiti; assisting in the Northeast after Hurricane Sandy in late 2012; assembling guides and information; as well as partnering with other organizations and their disaster response and recovery efforts.

Council of State Archivists- Emergency Preparedness Inititave 
The Council of State Archivists launched its Emergency Preparedness Initiative in 2005 to raise awareness about the importance of records and protect them from the kinds of devastating losses inflicted by Hurricane Katrina.

Developing a Disaster Preparedness/Emergency Response Plan- American Alliance of Museums
Preparing for disaster is one of the most important things a museum can do in order to safeguard its collections and protect staff and visitors from hazards. This guide provides a primer on disaster preparedness and helps museums understand the process of developing a disaster preparedness/emergency preparedness plan. It reflects national standards and outlines elements of a disaster preparedness/emergency preparedness plan that are in line with the requirements of the Alliance’s Core Documents Verification and Accreditation programs.

Disaster Preparedness-Sustaining Places: Resources for Small Museums and Historic Sites

Treatment of Flood-Damaged Older and Historic Buildings- National Trust for Historic Preservation. 

Select Resources for Disaster Prevention, Preparedness, and Response for Archives, Museums, and Libraries- Smithsonian Institution Archives

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