Through our work with the National Endowment for the Humanities, LYRASIS provides a variety of publications and linked resources for institutions to more fully develop an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of disaster planning and response. In the wake of Hurricane Harvey and strength of Hurricane Irma, take a look at additional resources that may help your collections.

  • Disaster Assistance provides information on who to contact in case of an emergency (you can always call LYRASIS at 800.999.8558), signing up to be a volunteer in your region, and a list of other preservation programs that offer assistance.

  • Prevention and Planning provides resources on risk assessment for your building and collections, writing a disaster plan, training and cooperative planning.

  • Response and Recovery​ links resources by type of damage and material, lists services and supplies of disaster recovery, aid, and other agencies to look to for sound disaster information. This link provides further information on how to respond to water, fire, pest and mold damage.

And specifically for the Miami area, if patrons come in with questions about salvaging their collections, we also have leaflets in Spanish.

If you need assistance, please contact our Disaster hotline at 504-300-9478

National Heritage Responders can also be reached at