Hurricane Katrina

Emergency information and Resources

This document comprises references to online resources assembled as a response by the conservation community to the the major flooding in the US Southwest (New Orleans, etc.) following Hurricane Katrina. Some of the information presented here may be outdated, but is offered at least in part as an historical record of the events. Other resources remain relevant for people involved with disaster response involving cultural materials.

Please see Disaster preparedness and response

American Institute for Conservation (AIC)
National Collections Emergency News (NCEN)

"The American Institute for Conservation (AIC) established this website to provide a centralized repository of news and other information useful or those involved in efforts to preserve cultural material impacted by the hurricane as well as related health and safety issues."

Emergency Preparedness, Response, And Recovery Committee

The American Association of museum (AIM) Info on Federal resources, Technical Assistance, etc
Reports on affected museums
The International Council of Museums (ICOM) Disaster Relief for Museums (US Mirror site in Conservation OnLine)
ICOM home site at Disaster Relief for Museums

Includes sections on:

General Information:

  • Disaster Reporting Form
  • Bibliography
  • ICOM Publications
  • Museums Emergency Programme
  • MEP Bibliography
  • Useful Tools
  • Training
  • Conferences
  • Useful Links


  • Latest News
  • Disaster Relief Task Force
  • ICBS on the impact of Hurricane Katrina


  • How can you help
  • Disaster Relief Fund

Latest catastrophes :

  • Hurricane Katrina August 2005
  • Tsunami December 2004
American Library Association ALA Hurricane Katrina News
Heritage Emergency National Task Force See especially updates
The Society of Southwest Archivists (SSA) Archivists and Archives affected by Hurricane

"The Society of Southwest Archivists (SSA) has established [a] weblog to capture and share information about our colleagues and friends from Louisiana and Mississippi, who have been affected by Hurricane Katrina. For those individuals from these states, let us hear from you directly. Secondly, if anyone knows anything about the individuals from these states, please share that with us."

  • Colleague check-in If you're from the affected areas let us hear from you.
  • Share Zone What do you know about Louisiana and Mississippi archivists?
  • Expressions Have anything to say to the Louisiana and Mississippi archivists? Say it here.
  • Repository Information Information about repositories in the areas affected by the hurricane.
  • Needs For affected repositories, tell us what you need to rebuild and restore.
  • Photos See and share photos of affected institutions and collections.
  • Jobs Temporary, short-term, and contract work.
  • Recovery Vendors Vendors can register their services for repositories in need.
  • Supply and Space Donations Donations of supplies and space for repositories in need.
Society of American Archivists (SAA) Information About Archivists and Archives Affected by Hurricane Katrina

For additional opportunities to serve, see also:

Western Association for Art Conservation (WAAC) Disaster Salvage and Response: A Special Issue of The WAAC Newsletter

In response to recent events, the Western Association for Art Conservation (WAAC), has devoted the September 2005 (vol 27, no 3) issue of the WAAC Newsletter to articles on salvage and response. In order to facilitate recovery efforts WAAC is making this issue available online for a limited time (until January 15, 2006). See

This issue includes information on health and safety for salvage operations, a reprint with a new introduction of Betty Walsh's "Salvage Operations for Water Damaged Archival Collections" and the "Salvage at a Glance" chart (in the print version this is printed on waterproof synthetic paper), a basic primer on mold, as well as a collection of new information and reprinted materials from a number of sources.

This online version will be available until January 15, 2006, but print copies are available at any time. See back issues

Betty Walsh. Salvage Operations for Water Damaged Archival Collections: A Second Glance

Absolutely must have information on handling a wide range of cultural property.

California Preservation Program Consulting services, technical information
Conservation OnLine Disaster Page Technical info an links to services, resources, etc
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Hurricane Information for Response and Cleanup Workers


  • Guidance for Hurricane Katrina
  • Safety
  • Cleanup
  • Handling Human Remains
  • Hurricane-Related Information for Health Care Professionals
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Emergency Response Resources: Natural Disasters
Heritage Preservation Emergency Response and Disaster Wheel Easy to use guidance for handling a range of cultural property damaged by water, etc. See also Disaster Resources for links to a number of organizations that can provide information and assistance.
Center for Great Lakes Culture Disaster Mitigation Planning Assistance Sample disaster plans, an excellent searchable database of disaster supplies, experts, services, and other resources.
Regional Alliance for Preservation (RAP)

"The members of the Regional Alliance for Preservation (RAP) are poised to offer technical assistance by phone to help in the recovery of important collections in museums, libraries, archives, historical societies and other cultural institutions. Once personal safety has been established and institutions are able to access their collections, assessment of damage can begin">

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