The State Archives of North Carolina collects, preserves, and makes available for public use historical and documentary materials relating to North Carolina. Protecting these collections is one of our core functions. As part of that mission, we work to remind private historical societies, individual citizens, and state and local government officials that it is never too late to protect vital records. Our state’s documentary heritage is too valuable to lose. Working together we can protect these resources and ensure they are around for generations to come.
Good disaster preparedness plans aren’t just for offices holding official public records. Individual citizens and private historical associations need to prepare to protect their vital and historical records as well. An ounce of preparation is easier and cheaper than trying to salvage damaged records after a disaster. To assist those seeking additional information on the protection of vital and historical records, please consult the following resources:
Information for Individual Citizens
A May Day handout is available with tips for individuals who want to learn more about how to protect historical materials and vital records, including advice on:
- Creating or updating your emergency contact list
- Reviewing your disaster response plan
- Conducting a disaster drill
- Surveying your building for risks and take steps to mitigate them
Private Historical Associations
The State Historical Records Advisory Board (SHRAB) received a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) to provide disaster preparedness training across the state. Part of that grant included a redesigned website, with a section dedicated to disaster preparedness and emergency response planning. The full website is available now, and the disaster preparedness portion of the site is available here.
State and Local Government Officials
There are numerous resources available to public records custodians interested in vital records identification and protection. Our records analysts can assist agencies in utilizing standard records management tools to enhance emergency preparedness planning.
For additional information on any of these subjects, please contact the Preservation Officer at the State Archives of North Carolina at (919) 807-7339 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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