Emergency Management for Cultural Heritage Institutions

Emergency management is a term that describes the effort to reduce vulnerability to hazards and respond to and recover from disasters. Effective emergency management requires collaboration and flexibility. It is a cyclical process; every response to an emergency will inform the preparedness for the next. Engaging with emergency management is the best thing that cultural heritage organizations can do to prevent major damage and loss caused by disasters. At the very least, familiarity with vocabulary of emergency management will help collection stewards to effectively communicate with first responders and recovery organizations like FEMA.

Updated July 2022.