Records Disaster Planning and Recovery Information


Disaster Recovery Resources

Alabama List--Disaster Recovery Vendors


Check your county's EMA webpage


Alabama's Intergovernmental Preparedness for Essential Records Resource page


CoSA's Intergovernmental Preparedness page


"Air-Drying Wet Records Volumes or Other Books"


Heritage Preservation's Hurricane Resource Page


Ask the Archivist: "Where can I obtain quick access to emergency response and salvage information?"


Before and After Disasters: A Guide to Federal Funding for Cultural Institutions


Conservation Assessment Program


Dos and Don'ts About Personal Safety and Entering the Home After a Flood


Emergency Recovery Assistance and Resources from the Northeast Document Conservation Center


"Surviving Your Next Hurricane: How to Protect and Salvage Vital Records"


Quick Help -- Drying Records


Disaster Planning

Before an event ever takes place, state and local records custodians should create one or more of the following:


PReP Plan -- Every organization should have the following document completed and distributed as its basic disaster preparation tool - the Pocket Response Plan or PReP Plan. (This document was created by the Council of State Archivists as part of its Emergency Preparedness Initiative.) Side A is an Emergency Communications Plan and Side B provides an Emergency Response Checklist. It can be downloaded in Microsoft Word or as a fillable PDF and customized for any organization, then printed double-sided on a sheet of legal-size paper, trimmed and folded to fit into a Tyvek envelope that will fit in a wallet.

PReP Plan State Version

PReP Plan Local Version- (
created by the Georgia Department of Archives and History.)


Disaster Response Plan Template - (thanks to the Georgia Department of Archives and History for creating this fill-in template.)


d-Plan - The On-line Disaster Planning Tool


Disaster Prevention and Safety Checklist (another good publication created by the GDAH)


State of Alabama Emergency Operations Plan


ADAH Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP)


COOP Templates


Alabama COOP Training PowerPoint