Preservation and Archives Professionals

Disaster Response and Recovery

A pro-active rather than re-active approach to disaster preparation is the best means of mitigating damage from natural disasters or other forms of destruction.

However, despite systematic planning efforts, when emergencies do occur — whether they are small scale or catastrophic — they can be overwhelming. Information in this section provides information and guidance on recovering various types of record materials.

Information and Guidance Tools

Please be Aware

  • Always put health and human safety first before trying to save important collections, papers, books, or photographs.

  • Make sure the area has been declared safe to enter by the appropriate authorities.

The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration
8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD 20740-6001
Telephone: 1-86-NARA-NARA or 1-866-272-6272