Working with Disaster Recovery Companies: What You Need to Know

The program was done in conjunction with the Foundation for the American Institute for Conservation and the National Heritage Responders for May Day 2017.


If your institution is affected by a large-scale disaster, you may very well rely on the services of a disaster recovery company to help get back on your feet. What companies are out there and what services do they offer? How do you vet companies to make sure that they are using responsible techniques in handling and recovering your impacted collections?

Join National Heritage Responder Tara Kennedy to learn some basic principles for salvaging different types of collection materials and which critical questions to ask when entering into (or renewing) contracts with recovery companies. Questions? Bring your questions for Tara to answer live!

All program participants who fill out a survey will be eligible to win a new edition of the “Field Guide to Emergency Response” (valued at $25.00).


Tara Kennedy is the Preservation Services Librarian at Yale University Library. As a Professional Associate with the American Institute for Conservation, Tara has been involved with the AIC Health and Safety Committee as well as the Working Group of the National Heritage Responders. She has been a CAP assessor since 2003 and has advised many institutions on emergency planning and response.

Have an emergency now? Contact National Heritage Responders


PowerPoint Slides: Working with Disaster Recovery Vendors