Chapter 10 of the National Park Service’s Museum Handbook

Museum and archival collections inevitably deteriorate over time. Museum staff members, minimize this collection deterioration through preventative conservation such as proper housing and handling.

No institution is immune from emergencies. Once neglected or handled inappropriately, an emergency goes out of control and becomes a disaster.

This chapter explains how to plan for and respond to an emergency including:

  • Assign responsibility
  • Gather essential planning tools
  • Understand and manage the various generic types of risk that exist for museum collections
  • Analyze your institution’s own particular risk level
  • Begin salvage
  • Prepare an emergency operation plan
  • Stockpile essential emergency response equipment and supllies
  • Train staff
  • Test, evaluate, and update your emergency plan

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