Course:4: Housing Your Collections
Lesson:Lesson 3: Disasters--When Bad Things Happen to Good Records
Topic:Lesson 3 Introduction

 Lesson 3: Disasters
 When Bad Things Happen to Good Records


Natural disasters are a fact of life. From large, sometimes catastrophic events, like a hurricane or an earthquake, to smaller disasters, such as mold outbreaks or mild flooding, disasters put historical records at risk. People also cause disasters --acts of violence and terrorism, for example--for which you must be prepared.  

Large or small, natural or man-made, emergencies put your programís staff and collections in danger. Some disasters may affect your whole collection, while others may affect only a part. 

Unfortunately, most historical records programs learn about the importance of planning for disasters through hard experience. But an emergency does not have to become a disaster. Full-fledged disasters can often be avoided by recognizing and eliminating risks, and by preparing to respond effectively to emergencies.

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This lesson takes about 30 minutes to complete.

A hurricane is an immediate and catastrophic disaster.