Emergency Supply Kits
Source: Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts (CCAHA)
Until an actual emergency, it can be difficult to determine how many supplies to have on hand. Based on the size and type of the collection, institutions should have enough supplies to fully handle a smaller emergency or to last the first 24 hours of a larger disaster until more supplies can be shipped. Most emergencies cultural institutions face are minor—typically affecting fewer than 250 volumes or 150 cubic feet of records. These emergencies include events like roof leaks, broken water lines, burst pipes, or backed-up floor drains.