Chapter 17: Emergency Management

Rebecca Fifield, Rebecca Fifield Preservation Services, 516 East 78th Street, 3-L, New York NY 10075; Lori Foley,,Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation, 1156 15th Street NW, Ste. 320, Washington, DC 20005;,Sheila Palmer, Chubb & Son, 55 Water Street, 30th Floor, New York, NY 10041; James Gilbert, Polygon, 15 Sharpner’s Pond Road, Building F, North Andover, MA 01845

A competent emergency management program can limit the impact of disaster on collections and institutional operations. Emergency preparedness activities within collecting institutions include life safety, collection safety, and business continuity functions. Developing an effective program requires the perspectives of security, collection, conservation, facilities, registrars, custodial, and communications staff. A cross-disciplinary approach best identifies and prepares for specific risks to the institution and collections. Planning together with local responders and emergency managers and aligning with industry systems and language allows the institution to work more efficiently with authorities during an emergency. Maintaining the program’s relevance and effectiveness requires regular training, program assessment, and plan maintenance.

Key words: emergency management, preparedness, response, recovery, collections, continuity, training