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"Ready — Or Not": Cultural Heritage Disaster Preparedness Project

NEDCC’s "Ready – Or Not" preservation consultants (staff bios) conduct free site visits for California organizations stewarding cultural resources and then deliver a report with their observations.

Each report includes recommendations for mitigating risks, taking emergency preparedness actions, and completing a disaster plan, thereby providing each with tools to better protect their collections in an emergency, ensuring that California’s cultural heritage is preserved into the future.

California cultural heritage collections can schedule a free consultation for emergency preparedness assessment with "Ready – Or Not" at [email protected] or by phone at 855-501-3020.

Follow along with the site visits at #ReadyOrNotCA on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

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Information sessions

Learn more about the "Ready—Or Not" project and explore ways to engage in an emergency preparedness consultation.

Disaster Planning for Remote and Rural Museums: RSVP for the session link.
September 29th, 10 am-10:30 am (PDT)

Disaster Planning for Tribal Cultural Heritage Organizations: RSVP for the session link.
October 12th, 12:30 pm-1 pm (PDT)

Getting Your Library Ready for Disaster: RSVP for the session link.
October 23rd, 9:30 am-10 am (PDT)

Disaster Preparedness for Community Archives: View the recording.

Disaster Preparedness with Limited Resources: View the recording.

Disaster Preparedness for Small Organizations: View the recording.

Disaster Preparedness for Tribal Organizations: View the recording.

Getting Started with a Disaster Plan: View the recording.

Updating Your Disaster Plan: View the recording.


  • What happens at a full-day site visit consultation?

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  • Can my organization meet for a half-day consultation?

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  • We have offsite storage and multiple locations. Can you visit all my sites?

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  • What staff need to be at the consultation?

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  • Can my organization really participate if we only have one staff/volunteer or a small collection?

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  • What do we discuss at the site visit?

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  • What is in the report after the consultation?

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  • When will the consultant send the report?

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  • How long do organization staff or volunteers have to make edits to the report?

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Resources for Participating Organizations

Pocket Response Resource: Instructions for Arts and Cultural Organizations

Download the Pocket Response Resource template here.

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Collections Management Grant Opportunities

Download a PDF here.

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"Thank you so much for your time – it was an incredibly productive day for all of us. We were glad to hear of areas where we’re already on target for disaster/emergency planning, and energized to consider the next steps for upgrading our current preparations."

"Wow! Thank you so much for this report! This information is a huge asset and is so appreciated. Taking these steps toward having an emergency plan in place gives us so much peace of mind. We couldn’t be more grateful. Your dedication is evident in this thorough report!"

"We have already placed barriers between window blinds and collections facing direct sunlight. We have requested a carpenter to check for any shelving not tethered to the wall. Almost all items are now on pallets with risers, and we will soon be ordering bungee cords as well as RH and Temperature data loggers. The incident report notebook was a great idea, which we have retroactively instituted. This was a great experience for all of us.” 


Adamson House Museum
Agua Caliente History Museum
Alpine County Library
American River Nature Center
Anderson Collection at Stanford University
Antelope Valley Indian Museum
Arhoolie Foundation

Barona Cultural Center & Museum
Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association
Benicia Historical Park
Belvedere-Tiburon Landmarks Society
Bernhard Museum

Black Diamond Mine Archives

California Historical Society
California Museum
California State Mining and Mineral Museum
California State Railroad Museum
California State University, Sacramento University Library
California Surf Museum
Carolyn Campagna Kleefeld Contemporary Art Museum
Center for Art, Culture and History- Exeter (CACHE)
Center for Sacramento History
Center for the Study of Political Graphics
Channel Islands Maritime Museums
Chief Gene Friend Museum
Chumash Indian Museum
City of Maywood
City of San Diego
Claremont Heritage
Coronado Historical Association
Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park
Colton Hall Museum
Columbia State Historic Park
Cotsen Institute UCLA
County of Riverside Archives

Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center Command History Office and Archives
Diocese of San Jose Archives and Records Center
Death Valley National Park
Doris Foley Library

El Alisal - The Charles F. Lummis House
Ella Strong Denison Library at Scripps College
Eastern California Museum

Fallbrook Historical Society
Fiddletown Preservation Society
Filipino American National Historical Society
Freedom Archives

The Gamble House
Gerth Archives and Special Collections
GLBT Historical Society & Museum
Grace Hudson Museum

Hayward Area Historical Society
Heritage Museum of Orange County
History San Jose
Holocaust Museum
Horseless Carriage Foundation
Humboldt County Historical Society

Imperial Valley Desert Museum
Indian Grinding Rock State Historic Park

June L. Mazer Archives
Joshua Tree Art Innovation Laboratory

La Historia Historical Society Museum
Lemon Grove Historical Society
Letterform Archive
Little Manila Rising
Los Angeles Philharmonic Archives
Los Encinos State Historic Park

Maidu Library
Mechoopda Indian Tribe of Chico Rancheria
Malki Museum
Montage Health
Monterey Museum of Art
Monterey State Historic Park
Morris Graves Museum of Art
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego
Museum of Us

New Museum Los Gatos

Oakdale Museum and History Center
Oakland Heritage Alliance
Oakland Museum of California
OC Parks
Occidental College Library
Oceanside Museum of Art
Oroville Chinese Temple
Oroville Pioneer Museum

Pacific Biological Laboratories
Pasadena Central Library
The People's Center Museum
Pio Pico State Historic Park
Presidio of Monterey Museum

Rim of the World Historical Society—Mountain History Museum

San Diego County Archives
San Diego National History Museum
San Francisco Public Library
Santa Ana Public Library
Santa Barbara Mission Archive Library
Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society
Santa Rosa Jr. College Multicultural Museum
Scotts Valley Historical Society
SFO Museum
Shasta Historical Society
Shinn Historical Park & Arboretum
Siskiyou County Library
Society of California Pioneers

Timber Heritage Association
Tor House Foundation
Truckee-Donner Historical Society
Trudea Archives
Tulare County Museum
Turtle Bay Exploration Park

UC Berkeley Institute for Governmental Studies
UC Davis Archives and Special Collections
UC Irvine Special Collections & Archives
UCLA Bunche Center for African American Studies
UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center

University of California San Francisco Library
USS Hornet—Sea, Air and Space Museum

Wakamatsu Farm
Warnecke Ranch & Vineyards
Wende Museum
Whittier Museum
Will Rogers State Historic Park
William E. Colby Library
Willows Library
Workman and Temple Family Homestead Museum
The Writers Guild Foundation

Oakland History Center
Ontario City Library
Orange Diocesan & Mission SJC Museum Archives
Orange Public Library

Palo Alto Historical Association
Pfau Library at CSU San Bernardino
Point Arena Lighthouse and Museum

Quartz Valley Indian Reservation

Railtown 1897 State Historic Park
Riley Library
Riverside Public Library
Roseville Downtown Library
Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum

San Rafael Public Library
Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation
Special Collections & Archives at Chapman University Leatherby Libraries
St. Helena Historical Society

Tanimura & Antle Family Memorial Library at CSU Monterey Bay
Tulare County Library
Twentynine Palms Historical Society

Veterans Curation Program

Walt Disney Family Museum

Yosemite Museum


This project is supported in whole or in part by funding provided by the State of California, administered by the California State Library. 

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