Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey Emergency Management

Disaster recovery resources for libraries, archives, and cultural institutions

Texas state points of contact

Texas Library Association: TLA provides a listing of Disaster Relief Resources from a variety of agencies and associations, as well as ways to donate, at: http://www.txla.org/news/2017/08/disaster-relief-and-support-for-libraries

Library Development and Networking Library Developments Blog: Lessons from Superstorm Sandy - New Jersey librarians share tips on coping after disaster with recommendations on working with community members. Other topics may be addressed in future posts.

State and Local Records Management Division:  Webinars on Disaster Recovery for Records Managers - This will be helpful to librarians, archivists, county clerks, and others responsible for such collections.

For Texas Federal Depositories (U.S. government documents):

GPO Outreach and Support Unit: federal depositories should call 202-512-1119 or email fdlpoutreach@gpo.gov.

Texas Federal Regional coordinators: Angela Kent at the Texas State Library & Archives Commission in Austin (akent@tsl.texas.gov, 512-463-5426). Tom Rohrig at Texas Tech University in Lubbock (tom.rohrig@ttu.edu, 806-834-2632)
 

Federal government and national associations

Library of Congress: Emergency Management, Response & Recovery tips (including what to do if collections get wet) available at: www.loc.gov/preservation/emergprep/recovery.html
 

American Library Association:

ALA’s Disaster Recovery Toolkit is available at: www.ala.org/aasl/awards/beyond-words/recovery

ALA’s Libraries Respond: Natural Disasters page, with links and information regarding disaster relief for Hurricane Harvey: www.ala.org/advocacy/natural-disasters
 

National Disaster Recovery Fund for Archives: The Society of Southwest Archivists (SSA) and the Society of American Archivists (SAA) created the SSA-SAA Emergency Disaster Assistance Grant Fund. Any repository that holds archival records or special collections is eligible to apply for a grant; membership in SSA or SAA is not required. For more information, including how to donate to the fund, visit: www2.archivists.org/groups/saa-foundation-board-of-directors/national-disaster-recovery-fund-for-archives
 

National Heritage Responders:

The National Heritage Responders, a team of trained conservators and collections care professionals, are available 24/7 to provide advice to cultural stewards. Call 24/7 to: 202.661.8068

Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation:

For at-your-fingertips salvage advice, download the free ERS: Emergency Response and Salvage app
 

American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works:

http://www.conservation-us.org/emergencies/ers-app#.WaRq7FGQy71
 

Conservation Center for Art and Historical Artifacts (CCAHA):

http://www.ccaha.org/services/disaster-assistance
 

LYRASIS

www.lyrasis.org/LYRASIS%20Digital/Pages/Preservation%20Services/Disaster%20Resources/Prevention-and-Planning.aspx
 

National Library of Medicine Mobile App:

Covers basic steps for recovering collections after a water emergency in your library or cultural heritage institution. Material specific instructions are included as well as health and safety links and videos. For download at: itunes.apple.com/app/libraryfloods/id512266150?mt=8
 

Northeast Document Conservation Center:

NEDCC staff members are available 24/7 to provide telephone advice to institutions and individuals handling collection-related disasters. For emergency assistance, contact NEDCC’s toll-free collections emergency hotline at: 855-245-8303. For more information, visit their website at: www.nedcc.org/free-resources/disaster-assistance/emergency-phone-assistance
 

National Center for Preservation Technology and Training, National Park Service: www.ncptt.nps.gov/articles/disasters/
 

Heritage Emergency National Task Force: www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/113297

 

Federal and State Emergency Management points of contact

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA):

Hurricane Harvey information and resources: www.fema.gov/hurricane-harvey

The FEMA fact sheet Salvaging Water-Damaged Family Valuables and Heirlooms offers tips and resources on salvaging different types of objects, from photos to fabric to furniture, and more.

The FEMA fact sheet After the Flood: Advice for Salvaging Damaged Family Treasures offers tips and resources for individuals and institutions. Versions are also available in Spanish and Vietnamese.

Lori Foley, Administrator, Heritage Emergency National Task Force, Office of Environmental Planning & Historic Preservation,Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration,FEMA | DHS
lori.foley@fema.dhs.gov
Mobile number: 202-826-6303
Read the Bracing for Recovery post on Texas State Librarian Mark Smith's blog for more details.

 

Office of the Governor:

Texas Hurricane Center: gov.texas.gov/hurricane

Emergency Management: gov.texas.gov/organization/disabilities/emergency_management

 

Texas Emergency Preparedness: emergency.portal.texas.gov

 

Department of Public Safety:

Division of Emergency Management: www.dps.texas.gov/dem

State and Local Emergency Organizations: www.dps.texas.gov/dem/stateLocalOrganizations.htm

Hurricane and Post-storm Preparedness: www.dps.texas.gov/dem/ThreatAwareness/weather_aware_hurricane.htm

 

Department of Housing and Community Affairs:

Disaster Relief Resources: www.tdhca.state.tx.us/disaster-resources

 

Department of Transportation:

Road Conditions: www.drivetexas.org

 

 


From the Heritage Emergency National Task Force, 8/23/2017:

According to the National Hurricane Center, tropical storm Harvey's remnant is forecast to regain tropical cyclone strength in the next day or two. Once Harvey starts affecting the Texas coast, up to ten inches of rain will be possible over the next week. The system is expected to bring prolonged periods of heavy rainfall and flooding across portions of Texas and southwest Louisiana. There is the potential for storm surge and tropical-storm or hurricane-force winds across portions of the Texas coast from Friday through the weekend.

Be Prepared!

As Harvey approaches Texas and Louisiana, it’s important that individuals and cultural institutions in these states prepare:

  • Track the storm via the National Hurricane Center, www.nhc.noaa.gov/.
  • Gather your staff and review your disaster plan today. No disaster plan? Put that at the top of the to-do list once the storm passes (and hope you didn’t need it this time).
  • If you have a disaster plan, make sure everyone has a printed copy to take home. An electronic version may be useless if you lose power.
  • Make sure staff, volunteer, and board contact lists are up to date. Determine how you will communicate with one another before, during, and after the storm.
  • Make sure your insurance and disaster recovery vendor contact information is readily available.
  • Back up electronic records and store the back-ups off-site or in the cloud.
  • Secure outdoor furniture, bike racks, book drops, signage, etc. – anything that can become a projectile in strong winds.
  • Move collections that are in areas vulnerable to flooding (i.e., the floor, the basement) or susceptible to rain (near windows or under roofs) out of harm’s way.
  • If you have time, cut lengths of plastic sheeting to be able to throw them over shelves, cabinets, or equipment should the building envelope be compromised.
  • Know the location and shut-off procedures for water, electricity, and gas.
  • Review individual or family plans. You’ll feel better attending to your organization knowing that your loved ones are safe.
  • Download the FEMA mobile app for disaster resources, weather alerts, and safety tips. The app (available in English and Spanish) provides a customizable checklist of emergency supplies, maps of open shelters and recovery centers, disaster survival tips, and weather alerts from the National Weather Service. The app also enables users to receive push notifications reminding them to take important steps to prepare their homes and families for disasters. https://www.fema.gov/mobile-app
  • Download the free ERS: Emergency Response and Salvage app, based on the Emergency Response and Salvage Wheel, http://www.conservation-us.org/emergencies/ers-app.
  • For tips on what to do before, during, and after a hurricane, go to https://www.ready.gov/hurricanes.
  • Keep this 24/7 hotline number handy: 202.661.8068. The National Heritage Responders, a team of trained conservators and collections care professionals administered by the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation, are available 24/7 to provide advice.
  • Download FEMA’s “After the Flood: Advice for Salvaging Damaged Family Treasures” fact sheet, with tips and resources for individuals and institutions, https://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/113297.
  • Familiarize yourself with the disaster declaration process in case one is declared for your state, https://www.fema.gov/disaster-declaration-process.
  • For Texans, visit the Hurricane Awareness page of the Texas Department of Public Safety, https://www.dps.texas.gov/dem/ThreatAwareness/hurricaneAwareness.htm
  • For Louisianans, visit the Emergency Event: Tropical Storm Harvey page, http://emergency.louisiana.gov/.
  • The FEMA fact sheet Salvaging Water-Damaged Family Valuables and Heirlooms offers tips and resources on salvaging different types of objects, from photos to fabric to furniture, and more.

  • The FEMA fact sheet After the Flood: Advice for Salvaging Damaged Family Treasures offers tips and resources for individuals and institutions.
Page last modified: September 7, 2017