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From the US Council of State Archivists (CoSA) nonprofit association serving US state and territorial archives have developed...

The Pocket Response Plan (PReP a concise document for recording essential information needed by staff in case of a disaster or other emergency.


Are you prepared ?

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As summer rapidly approaches, the risk of damaging storms and bush fires greatly increase. So now is the time to ensure your organisation is disaster ready.

As summer rapidly approaches, the risk of damaging storms and bush fires greatly increase. So now is the time to ensure your organisation is disaster ready.

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Incidents/Disasters are not always newsworthy - check out SLV's blog post on Preservation: caring for our collections

The Preservation team at State Library Victoria is part of the Preservation and Conservation Division and is responsible for a wide range of programs and activities designed to ensure the ongoing care, preservation and access of our collections.

The majority of the work undertaken in the Preservation Studio takes the form of collection re-housing projects. Other programs and activities managed by Preservation include Quarantine and Integrated Pest Management (IPM), Processing, Environmental Monitoring, Disaster Preparedness and Response, the preparation of collection material for digitisation and the maintenance of the Materials Store.

A risk management approach underpins all of the programs and activities undertaken in Preservation, with a focus on the minimisation of damage and deterioration to the state collection.

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Disaster Preparedness, Response, and Recovery of Inkjet Printed Materials in Museum Collections

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IPI has recently completed the IMLS-funded project “Disaster Preparedness, Response, and Recovery for Inkjet Printed Materials in Museum Collections”. The results of the project are now available on the DP3 Project website under the new front-page heading “Flood” ( This new section of the website starts with an overview to help readers understand the layout and location of specific types of information on the website. There are then separate pages that show how best to prepare collections before an adverse event to mitigate or minimize damage, how best to evaluate what has occurred in order to make the right decisions during salvage, and finally, guidance on how to manage the recovery and drying process to quickly get objects stabilized and safe from further harm.

IPI also has a new book that defines, describes, and illustrates all the types of damage that can occur to inkjet prints in water emergencies. Knowing in advance the types of damage that has occurred to these materials and why can help responders make the best decisions possible during their salvage efforts. The book can be viewed online at:

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Shopping list: flood recovery

Floods can occur at any time as a result of adverse weather events, blocked storm water drains, damaged roofs or broken water pipes. Here’s a list of things you may need for on-site flood recovery. We’ve divided it into shopping list for hardware stores, office supplies, and machinery and equipment you might need to hire. 

Think about systematically purchasing these items along with a study crate to store them in. Wheelie bins are excellent as they can be easily moved around, survive in all weathers and are strongly constructed. Groups similar things together – tools, gloves, boots and hard hats etc. Make sure to store it somewhere accessible in case of emergency.

If you can’t afford to buy all the materials at once, budget for them over time and allocate someone to find the best price on the more expensive items.

It’s also a good idea to have a list of what’s inside the bin. Type this up, put it in a plastic sleeve and tape it to the inside of the lid – it makes searching for something easier. Oh, and don’t forget to label your disaster bin clearly so whoever is on hand at the time of an emergency can find the things they need.

Some objects, once wet can quickly deteriorate. For expert advice and professional help, you may need a conservator.


The Australian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Materials (AICCM) have a Disaster response program and a Professional Conservator database. Take a look and keep their contact details handy so you can get help if you ever need it. 

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