Become a part of the MACC Disaster Prevention Network
Having a Disaster Plan is a fundamental component of proper collections care. MACC regularly offers workshops on: writing disaster plans; doing collection risk assessments; and practicing emergency response techniques. MACC also provides free phone and email assistance about disaster planning and can direct institutions to grant funding sources to help them get a plan in place.
MACC plays an important role in the Heritage Emergency National Task Force and coordinates with numerous associations on emergency response. If not already, your institution should consider being a member of MACC. Region-wide floods and other large-scale disasters require a multi-faceted and coordinated effort between emergency responders, institutions, volunteers, etc. Your membership becomes part of a network for regional response to assist FEMA and other national and state resources in their efforts to preserve cultural collections.
MACC can also ‘scenario train’ staff at museums, historical societies, libraries, and archives to make sure written response plans are sound, complete and effective in practice.