MayDay 2023 Resources

Ohio Museums Association May Day Resources - Do One Thing for Disaster Preparedness


The American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC/FAIC) is proud to carry on Heritage Preservation’s MayDay initiative encouraging libraries, museums, archives, historical societies, and preservation organizations to set aside the first working day in May to participate in MayDay. This year, OMA is helping to make sure your institution is prepared!

For MayDay, OMA encourages Ohio institutions to explore the many disaster preparedness and recovery resources available on this page. MayDay is the perfect time to “do one thing” (or many things) to help prepare your institution for disasters and emergency situations.

It’s easy to take part in MayDay! Previous year’s participants held fire safety sessions, inventoried emergency supply kits, and created and updated disaster plans. These few examples are just the tip of the iceberg — there are so many ways you can participate, and we want to hear what you are doing at your institution! Send an email to [email protected] and tell us what disaster planning efforts you are taking at your museum.

We also encourage you to post your MayDay efforts, ideas and questions on our Facebook wall, Twitter, and Instagram. Be sure to follow #MayDayPrep on social media, and use the hashtag for all your MayDay posts!

Keep watching OMA’s social media pages for more MayDay information and inspiration.
Best of luck in your MayDay activities! Let’s all do our part this MayDay to Do One Thing for Disaster Preparedness!

Disaster Response Agency Contact Information:

Ohio Emergency Management Agency

Ohio’s FEMA Regional Office: FEMA Region V
Serving Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin
536 South Clark St., 6th Floor
Chicago, IL 60605
312-408-5500 (main)

American Institute for Conservation (AIC)

AIC’s 24-hour assistance hotline (can also be used to request on-site disaster assistance, such as damage assessment or coordination of salvage operations): 202.661.8068

Regional Alliance for Preservation, Ohio Member: 

ICA-Art Conservation

2915 Detroit Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44113
Tel: 216-658-8700
Fax: 216-658-8709
[email protected]

Other Disaster Planning and Preparedness Agencies and Websites:

American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC) Heritage Emergency Programs

American Library Association Disaster Preparedness and Recovery

Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Resources

Library of Congress Disaster Planning

LYRASIS Response and Recovery Resources

National Center for Preservation Technology and Training

National Park Service Wet Recovery

National Trust for Historic Preservation Disaster Relief and Recovery

National Weather Service National Hurricane Center

Northeast Ohio Alliance for Response

Connecting to Collections Resources

Ohio Connecting to Collections
This page contains example, model policies from Ohio and national institutions for collection develop and management, emergency preparedness, environmental control, ethics, exhibition of materials, handling and care of collections, housekeeping and cleaning collections, loan of collection materials, and reformatting/ reproduction/ digitization. These model documents have been identified and selected by the Ohio Connecting to Collection Project Partners, for use by organizations to develop their own “family” of preservation policies.

Connecting to Collections Care: Online Community
At this site, you will find a wealth of resources and assistance for small and mid-sized cultural institutions provided free of charge by the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Resources from American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC):

AIC MayDay Information

Disaster Response and Recovery Guides

Heritage Emergency Programs

AIC’s Emergency Committee

                Emergency Committee Wiki Page: Emergency Preparedness & Response

Alliance for Response

                Alliance for Response Tool Kit

Plan an Alliance for Response Forum

Build Relationships with Emergency Responders

Develop a Local Assistance Network

Engage Your Network with Education, Training, and Activities

Find Support for Network Projects

Leadership Events

National Heritage Responders

Risk Evaluation and Planning Program

Resources from the Society of American Archivists

MayDay Information

Hurricane Relief Resources

Ideas for MayDay Activities

Annotated Resources

MayDay Quick Tips

Disaster Response and Relief Resources


General Recovery Resources

American Alliance of Museums – Facilities & Risk Management resources

American Association for State and Local History – disaster resources

Association of Registrars and Collections Specialists - emergency preparedness resources

Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts - emergency planning and response resources and services

dPlan – The online disaster-planning tool for cultural and civic institutions.

Field Guide to Emergency Response

Guide to Navigating Federal Emergency Management Agency and Small Business Administration Disaster Aid for Cultural Institutions

Heritage Emergency National Task Force

How to Save Wet Books

National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster

New England Museum Association - A Practical Guideline to Protecting Visitors, Staff, and Collections

Ohio Local History Alliance – disaster resources

Pocket Response Plan ™ PReP ™ – Council of State Archivists

Smithsonian Institution Archives – Emergency Preparedness resources

United States Department of the Interior - Interior Museum Program's planning and resources page.

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