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Disaster Response Resources

With hurricane season in full force here in Virginia, and with deadly storms in other parts of the country, we wanted to provide you with resources to help address these natural disasters.

We have made this page a "wiki", so please add resources that you have found to be helpful so your fellow members can benefit from them as well.


What can you do to help?


If you are simply looking for a way to help those in need, you can reach out to any number of organizations collecting donations for recent disasters.  Be sure to research the organization before you donate to make sure your money or items are going where they are needed.  One organization that works with a lot of nonprofits to help in disasters is the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster.  If you are unsure where to look, you can try them. 


After some disasters, museums may find they need assistance from colleagues.  If we get such a call, we will let our members know.  Keep in mind that while we all want to help right away, oftentimes it is a week or more after a disaster before a site can evaluate the damage, get an all-clear from emergency crews, and be able to even ask for volunteer assistance. 


Useful Links

VAM's Toolkit on Disaster Preparedness is a good place to start, to make sure your site is prepared BEFORE the storm.


American Alliance of Museums has a great collection of disaster resources.


American Institute for Conservation (AIC) has disaster and recovery resources.


AASLH Response to Hurricane Harvey (Resources for Institutions Damaged by the Hurricane)
Excerpt: We invite you to contribute to the AASLH Hurricane Harvey Cultural Relief Fund. You can donate online or by mail. All funds collected between August 29 and September 15 will be distributed to cultural organizations hit hard by the storm.
100% of the funds collected will be distributed to cultural institutions affected by the storm. Please share this information widely.


National Heritage Responders is a highly skilled team of conservators and other collections care professionals with expertise in emergency response for cultural heritage collections. The team responds to the needs of cultural institutions during emergencies and disasters through coordinated efforts with first responders, state agencies, vendors, and the public. You can call their hotline for help at 202-661-8068, or email


The Association of Children’s Musuems: In response to the ongoing damage caused by Hurricane Harvey in Texas, ACM has established the ACM Harvey Response Fund, with a link there to make a donation, to assist the staff and families of their members affected by the storm.




Upcoming Webinar: Responding to Hurricane Harvey (posted 9/7/17)

The Texas Historical Commission will be holding a webinar on Thursday, September 28, 2017, at 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT for an in-depth discussion about emergency response. Bring your questions. Guest speakers will be Rebecca Elder of the National Heritage Responders and Lori Foley of the Heritage Emergency National Task Force. Register for the event at

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