NPS Museum Handbook Part I, Museum Collections, Chapter 10: Emergency Planning

NPS Museum Handbook Part 1, Chapter 10: Emergency Planning
Source: National Park Service

Emergencies pose a threat to life safety, museum collections, and structures housing collections. They may be large- or small-scale and occur due to natural or human causes. Emergencies may occur as a single incident or as a complex of two or more, with or without warning.

Emergency planning includes risk assessment, removal or reduction of hazards and vulnerabilities, and implementation of emergency operations plans, Emergency Response Steps, and salvage procedures. When planning and preparing for museum emergencies, consider what impact the loss of or damage to the collection and structures housing collections would have on the park mission and programs.