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’s FEMA Regional Office: FEMA Region V
Serving Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin
536 South Clark St., 6th Floor
Chicago, IL 60605
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:
2915 Detroit Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44113
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
National Heritage Responders
Risk Evaluation and Planning Program
Resources from the Society of American Archivists
Hurricane Relief Resources
Ideas for MayDay Activities
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.