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Hurricane Recovery Resources for Museums and Libraries

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Libraries, museums, and related institutions that sustained damage during Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria may find the following list of response and recovery resources useful during the salvage, assessment, and rebuilding process.

The resources below were prepared by federal agencies and private non-profit organizations with experience in disaster planning and response to help with the recovery process. This is not an exclusive list, but rather reflects some of the many resources available to assist cultural institutions. Contact imlsinfo@imls.gov to share additional resources or to request further information.

Recovery Resources

The Institute of Museum and Library Services participates in the Heritage Emergency National Task Force, a partnership of 42 national service organizations and federal agencies created to protect cultural heritage from the damaging effects of natural disasters and other emergencies. Our Response and Recovery Resources Page, maintained by FEMA and the Smithsonian Institution, provides an excellent place to find support in your recovery efforts. Other useful sites include:

How to Salvage Objects Affected By Water

The following sites provide information about how to protect objects affected by water:

Water soaked rain boots next to a flooded home after Hurricane Harvey
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Professional Support with Recovery

The National Heritage Emergency Responders, a team of conservators and other collections care professionals with expertise in emergency response for cultural heritage collections, are ready to assist. Call 202.661.8068 (available 24/7) or e-mail nhr@conservation-us.org.

Grants for Those Affected By Hurricanes

Institutions recovering from hurricane damage may apply for grants. Here are some opportunities: