Update: Resources for Flood Damaged Institutions with Collections

Flooding in Schenectady, August 29, 2011

There are several resources in New York to assist your organization recover from Hurricane Irene:

The State Office of Emergency Management provides assistance, including access to products and recovery services.  Go to: http://www.dhses.ny.gov/

The State Library and State Archives have resources to assist you.  Contacts, services, and resources are listed below by your organization type. The State Library and State Archives are also responsible for gathering information about the extent of damage to your building and/or collections as well as recovery costs.  Contact Barbara Lilley (blilley@mail.nysed.gov) or Maria Holden (mholden@mail.nysed.gov) to report the impact of the storm on your organization.

Cultural Institutions (museums, historical societies, non-government archives):

State Archives and State Library staff are available to provide advice on recovering collections.  Contact the State Library at (518) 486-4864 or the State Archives at (518) 474-6926 or (518) 473-4254.

Libraries:

State Library staff are available to provide advice on recovering collections.  Contact the State Library at (518) 486-4864.  For additional resources, go to http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/cp/index.html

State Agencies:

Archives staff are available to provide advice on recovering damaged records. When agency records are believed to constitute a hazard to human safety or health or to property, the agency records management officer may request authorization from the State Archives to destroy or dispose of such records immediately. Contact the Archives at (518) 474-6926 or (518) 473-4254. For a complete listing of State Archives disaster services and resources, go to: http://www.archives.nysed.gov/a/records/mr_disaster.shtml

Local Governments:

The State Archives Regional Advisory Officers are available by phone/email to provide advice on recovering archives and records and to assist you in applying for a recovery grant. Local governments may be eligible for up to $20,000 in disaster recovery funding for damaged records. Contact your Regional Advisory Officer http://www.archives.nysed.gov/a/directories/dir_staff.shtml#Advisory or call the Archives at (518) 474-6926 or (518) 473-4254. For a complete listing of State Archives disaster services and resources, go to: http://www.archives.nysed.gov/a/records/mr_disaster.shtml

The American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works offer s 24-hour disaster and recovery assistance at (202) 661-8068.

AIC-CERT responds to the needs of cultural institutions during emergencies and disasters through coordinated efforts with first responders, state agencies, vendors and the public. Volunteers can provide advice and referrals by phone at the number above.  Requests for onsite assistance will be forwarded by the volunteer to the AIC-CERT Coordinator and Project Director for response. Less urgent questions can also be answered by emailing info@conservation-us.org.

http://www.conservation-us.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=Page.ViewPage&PageID=695

The Heritage Emergency National Task Force (HENTF) is sponsored by Heritage Preservation and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). It is a partnership of 40 national service organizations and federal agencies; AAM is a founding member.

The HENTF developed an online damage report form post-Katrina as a way of centralizing information about damage so that response efforts can be coordinated.  So if you hear of damage to museums or collections in your region as a result of Irene, please either (a) ask the museum to complete this online damage report form or (b) get enough information so that you can complete it on their behalf. http://fd7.formdesk.com/heritagepreservation/damagereports