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.
Learn more about the "Ready—Or Not" project and explore ways to engage in an emergency preparedness consultation.
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 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.
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?
- 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
"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.”
This project is supported in whole or in part by funding provided by the State of California, administered by the California State Library.