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MayDay

Do ONE thing for emergency preparedness

Continuing in the tradition established by SAA and Heritage Preservation, FAIC encourages libraries, museums, archives, historical societies, and preservation organizations to set aside May 1 to participate in MayDay. This year, make sure your institution is prepared!

Need inspiration? Explore this page for suggested preparedness activities and make sure that you're prepared come May 1st! 


Suggested Preparedness Activities

Disaster preparedness doesn’t have to be difficult! You can take simple steps throughout the year toward your goals. Why not start this MayDay? Here are some suggestions:

  • If you have a disaster plan, dust it off and bring it up to date.
  • If you don't have a plan, make a timeline for developing one.
  • Get to know your local firefighters and police. Invite them to tour your institution and give pointers on safety and preparedness. FAIC offers a poster outlining tips for working with emergency responders.
  • Identify the three biggest risks to your collection or building (such as a dust storm, leaking water pipe, heavy snow, or power failure) and outline steps to mitigate them. Use FAIC's tools for risk evaluation.
  • Evaluate your need for a priority contract with a disaster recovery firm.
  • Conduct a building evacuation drill and evaluate the results.
  • Eliminate hazards such as boxes and furniture in hallways, blocked fire exits, or improper storage of paints and solvents.
  • Identify and label priority collections and objects for evacuation during emergencies. Which are most important to your mission, irreplaceable, or most fragile?
  • Register for a free course to learn how your institution fits into existing emergency response protocols.