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Managing Disaster

Resources for Museums, Historical Societies and Cultural Institutions

There are many resources available to guide historic societies and museums when dealing with collections damaged by flood or natural disaster.

Cultural institutions may get free telephone advice and possibly other services on cleaning up after a flood or natural disaster by contacting your regional conservation center. The Regional Alliance for Preservation can be contacted by phone at 1-800-843-8492.

Another helpful phone resource for museums, historical societies and cultural institutions is The American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC), which maintains a force of 64 "rapid responders" trained to assess damage and initiate salvage of cultural collections after a disaster. Cultural institutions needing assistance should contact the AIC office at 202-452-9545 for a referral.

Online Resources for Managing Disaster: Museums and Historical Societies

The Wisconsin Historical Society also offers a list of resources for managing disasters when dealing with damage to historic homes and properties.


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