Preparing for Hurricane Irene

from Pamela Cooley of the NY State Archives...
Be Prepared for Hurricane Irene

Hurricane Irene continues to strengthen as it travels up the eastern coast. Forecasts for New York State indicate the potential for widespread heavy rain, storm surges, and extremely dangerous winds. Structures in the hurricane's path may be at risk of damage or destruction and there is potential for widespread loss of utilities lasting from several days to weeks.

Here are some tips to help New York's museums, heritage organizations and records repositories prepare:

·   Know what's coming your way. This link enables you to track the storm (NOAA).

·   Keep contact information for key staff, services, and resources with you at all times.

·   Review your emergency response plan and take it home with you.

·   Move priority collections out of basements and off floors.

·   Gather plastic sheeting for covering collections, file cabinets, and computer equipment stored in vulnerable locations.

·   Identify and, if necessary, acquire alternative power sources such as generators.

·   Make sure you and your staff know your facility's evacuation routes and locations of stairs, exit doors, emergency lights, alarm pull boxes, sprinkler shut-off valves, and first-aid kits.

·   Hold a planning meeting with staff today!

As you prepare for the storm, remember that the New York State Archives is available to help. Visit their Disaster Assistance web page for resources and contact information: