NEDCC's “Ready – Or Not” Cultural Heritage Disaster Preparedness Project (press release) is a three-year initiative funded by the State of California to assess emergency preparedness at California organizations that care for cultural and historic resources (e.g., archives, libraries, museums, and tribal nations).
A team of heritage preservation consultants based in California conducts on-site visits for participating organizations and delivers a summary report that documents the organization's current state of emergency preparedness.
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 institutions can schedule a free consultation for emergency preparedness assessment with "Ready – Or Not" at [email protected] or by phone at 855-501-3020.
- The “Ready – Or Not” team is seeking to reach organizations in these counties: Sierra, Modoc, Mono, Trinity, Plumas, Del Norte, Lassen, San Benito, Tehama, Yuba, Sutter, Kings, San Luis Obispo, Merced, and Fresno. Contact [email protected] to schedule a visit.
- If your organization is working on Core Documents Verification or the Museum Assessment Program (MAP), the “Ready – Or Not” team can assist with the disaster preparedness plan and provide guidance on museum best practices. Contact Hillary Ellis, Lead Emergency Preparedness Consultant, for more details at [email protected].
- California State Library's Groundwork Grants is providing over $1 million in funding to strengthen emergency preparedness for institutions with collections in California. This is a great opportunity to use “Ready – Or Not” reports to advance preservation and emergency preparedness goals. Learn more at groundworkgrants.org.
Learn more about the "Ready—Or Not" project and explore ways to engage in an emergency preparedness consultation.
Disaster Preparedness for Community Archives: View the recording.
Disaster Preparedness with Limited Resources: View the recording.
Disaster Planning for Remote and Rural Museums: View the recording.
Disaster Preparedness for Small Organizations: View the recording.
Disaster Preparedness for Tribal Organizations: View the recording.
Disaster Planning for Tribal Cultural Heritage Organizations: View the recording.
Getting Started with a Disaster Plan: View the recording.
Getting Your Library Ready for Disaster: View the recording.
Updating Your Disaster Plan: View the recording.
- What happens at a full-day site visit consultation?
- Can my organization meet for a half-day consultation?
- We have offsite storage and multiple locations. Can you visit all my sites?
- What staff need to be at the consultation?
- Can my organization really participate if we only have one staff/volunteer or a small collection?
- What do we discuss at the site visit?
- What is in the report after the consultation?
- When will the consultant send the report?
- How long do organization staff or volunteers have to make edits to the report?
Resources for Participating Organizations
Pocket Response Resource: Instructions for Arts and Cultural Organizations
Download the Pocket Response Resource template here.
Collections Management Grant Opportunities
“The report offered a lot of guidance for writing a disaster plan and suggested key focus areas for the plan. Since the assessment, we have written a disaster plan, installed a security camera in the collections area, installed a new portable air conditioner in the primary storage area, and limited public access to collections areas. As the first archivist at my institution, the "Ready - Or Not" project supported me in advocating for enhanced disaster preparedness and better environmental conditions for our collections."
"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."
"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.”
This project is supported in whole or in part by funding provided by the State of California, administered by the California State Library.