Towards a national disaster response protocol

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Publication Type Journal Article
School or College University Libraries
Department J. Willard Marriott Library
Creator Silverman, Randall H.
Title Towards a national disaster response protocol
Date 2006
Description Since the Florence flood of November 4, 1966, the concept of an organized disaster response for cultural property has been a focus for conservators. In 1976, a decade after the Arno River had retreated from Florence's museums, libraries, and historic churches, a Library of Congress planning conference convened to initiate a U.S. national preservation program. At that meeting Stephen Salmon noted a "glaring . . . lack of preparedness for disaster[s] by almost all American libraries." 1 Now, forty years since that calamitous flood, little has changed in terms of being able to initiate a nationally coordinated plan in the face of calamitous events that threaten cultural property in all collecting institutions. In fact, it is now clearly recognized that only one in five cultural institutions has created an emergency response plan that encompasses collections,2 and it is likely that some or all of these plans will prove ineffectual in the case of a regional disaster. Furthermore, according to meteorologists at the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, we now face in the next twenty to thirty years the possibility of stronger, more damaging storms capable of threatening our cultural institutions.3
Type Text
Publisher University of Texas Press
Volume 41
Issue 4
First Page 498
Last Page 511
Subject Emergency; Property; Preservation
Language eng
Bibliographic Citation Silverman, R. H. (2006). Towards a national disaster response protocol. Libraries & the Cultural Record, 41(4), 498-511. Fall
Rights Management (c) University of Texas Press
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Date Created 2012-06-13
Date Modified 2012-06-13
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