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 

  • Check with South Carolina Emergency Management Division for the latest information: https://www.scemd.org/
  • Be prepared during hurricane season with this guide from FEMA and the Smithsonian: BE PREPARED
  • Contact SCFM and find out more about 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. 
  • This handy app from the National Center for Preservation Technolgy and Training has practical salvage tips and access to reliable information instantly. (For you old timers, it replaces the legendary "disaster wheel.") 
  • Keep on hand this one-page  guide for famed objects (prints, paper, etc...), textiles, ceramics and glass, furniture, and metal objects from Historic Columbia: Family Heirloom Cleanup After a Disaster
  • 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.


You can assemble your own disaster response supply can. It should be used only in case of emergency and does not take the place of a larger centralized stock of disaster supplies.  The supplies, including the container, are labeled in the hope that unused emergency supplies will be returned to the disaster can after the emergency.  Note:  do not store batteries in the flashlight.  Be sure to renew them every year and after emergency use. The estimated cost is $125.


  • 33 gal. plastic trash can with lid (preferably red)
  • 1 roll 10' x 100' 2 mil plastic sheeting
  • 1 roll filament tape (to tape sheeting)
  • 10 large plastic trash bags (to fit can)
  • 2 large sponges
  • 1 Lysol spray can, 19 oz.
  • 1 - 5 gal. bucket with lid
  • 1 box disposable latex gloves
  • 1 roll "Do not enter" barricade tape
  • 2 rolls white paper towels
  • Scissors, 1 pr.
  • Pencils, 1 doz. sharpened
  • 2 black permanent marking pens
  • Yellow lined pad
  • Flashlight
  • Batteries (replace every year and do not store in the flashlight)
  • 10 dust masks


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