Records Emergencies

Sudden or unexpected incidents, natural or man-made, can damage records, collections, or family treasures. The incident could have damaged the storage facility as well, hampering salvage and recovery efforts. A well-planned response is vital to reduce the level of damage and loss.

NARA has developed resources to help federal agencies, as well as state, local and tribal authorities, and others to prepare for and manage records emergencies. There are also links to useful resources from other agencies and organizations. Please visit the links below based on your needs.

Prepare: Records emergency planning, risk management, and training

Respond: Damage assessment, identifying records recovery services, and records recovery service providers

Contracting Records Emergency Services

Recovery Procedures

Additional Resources