Information for Libraries Experiencing Storm Damage to Collections

I want to remind libraries that they can get free 24×7 assistance/guidance from the Northeast Document Conservation Center in the event that library collections are threatened or damaged by flooding related to Hurricane Irene.

Disaster Assistance Hotline: 978-470-1010

See below information from the NEDCC Webpage:

Do You Have a Collections-Threatening Emergency?

Call day or night, seven days a week. After Center hours, you will be referred to a second telephone number to reach a staff member. Please do NOT request disaster assistance via email, since it is not monitored 24 hours a day.

NEDCC staff members are available 24 hours a day to provide telephone advice when a disaster occurs. This service is provided at no charge thanks to a grant to NEDCC from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). This service does not normally include on-site assistance.

Information provided includes advice on drying wet collections and dealing with damage from fire, pests, or mold. Referrals to commercial disaster recovery service providers experienced with library and archives collections can also be provided.

Also: check out this past DOL Newsletter article to see what Rockingham Library did in response to a water-related emergency in their library:

In the event that your library/library collection has experienced damage related to this storm, please contact me (828-3261/cell: 802-318-7889 / ) or Christine Friese christine.friese@state.vt.us802-828-3261. DOL will be participating in a regional conference call on Wednesday 8/31 to discuss storm damage that threatens libraries and other cultural collections and we want to be able to give an assessment of storm-related damage in Vermont libraries.

Stay safe (and dry)!

Martha Reid
State Librarian
Vermont Department of Libraries
109 State Street
Montpelier, VT 05609-0601
Tel: (802) 828-3265
Fax: (802) 828-2199