Disaster planning and response resources

The following disaster planning and response resources focus on salvaging heritage materials and government records.

Disaster planning and preparedness

Be Prepared: Guidelines for Small Museums for Writing a Disaster Preparedness Plan (PDF, 462 KB), Heritage Collections Council

Storing collections in high bushfire risk areas, Australian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Materials (AICCM)

Disaster Preparation and Planning, Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA)

Disaster Assistance, California Preservation Program

Disaster Plans, Conservation OnLine (CoOL)

Building an Emergency Plan: A Guide for Museums and Other Cultural Institutions, Getty Publications Virtual Library

Conserv O Grams: Disaster Response and Recovery, US National Park Service

dPlan™, Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC)

Getting Museums and Galleries Prepared for Disasters (152 KB), Museums and Galleries Queensland

Personal Continuity Plan for Household/Personal Records (547 KB), RIMPA

Bushfires…Protect Your Precious Possessions (PDF, 2.1 MB), University of Melbourne

Disaster management

Field Guide to Emergency Response, American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC)

Disaster, Australian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Materials (AICCM)

ERS: Emergency Response and Salvage free app available for download for Apple, Android and Blackberry, National Centre for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT) and Heritage Preservation

Disaster Management website, Queensland Government

AS/NZS ISO 31000:2009 Risk Management–Principles and guidelines, Standards Australia


Blue Shield Australia

Blue Shield International

Museum Security Network (International Community for Museum Security)

Q-DIS (Queensland Culture and Heritage Disaster Forum) (Facebook page)

US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Case studies

After the Fire: Salvaging the Stores of the Department of Archaeology & Natural History, Australian National University, Canberra, Australian National University.

Art Gallery to Emergency Response Centre–Our Response to the Christchurch Earthquakes (146 KB), Presented to the NSLA Disaster Preparedness Seminar by Jenny Harper, Director Christchurch Art Gallery, 21 March 2012.

Earthquakes (1.82 MB), Compiled for Canterbury Disaster Salvage Team newsletter no. 43 after the devastation of the earthquake experienced in September 2010.

Lessons Learned: Post September 11, 2001, Report by Jennifer L Castro–Collections Manager, Marine Corps Museums Branch, National Museum of the Marine Corps.

Salvage of historic Queensland photographic collection, Article on the efforts of Queensland conservators to save the Sandy Barrie photographic and camera collection damaged during the 2011 floods in Ipswich.