Disaster Preparedness and Recovery

ADAH staff work with state and local agencies to protect records, photographs, and other cultural resources from the damaging effects of natural disasters and other emergencies. We offer resources, consultation, and on-site assistance after an emergency as well as training and planning information for creating emergency preparedness and response plans before a disaster strikes. When an emergency occurs, the first priority is always life safety. After stabilization, call or email our staff listed at the bottom of this page for assistance with salvaging your records.

Disaster Recovery Resources

Includes disaster response tips, emergency hotlines, salvage leaflets, and other resources to help recover your damaged records.

Disaster Planning

Includes resources to prepare for a disaster, such as pocket plans, disaster templates, training, and links to organizations that have disaster planning resource tools.

Disaster Recovery Vendors

Vendor list that includes vendors with expertise in disaster response and/or the emergency conservation of cultural resources. (If you are a vendor with appropriate expertise in disaster response and/or the emergency conservation of cultural resources that services Alabama and want to be added to the “Disaster Recovery Vendor List,” please email Becky Hebert at

Free App: Emergency Response and Salvage

Search for ERS: Emergency Response and Salvage

Download a free app based on Historic Preservation’s Emergency Response and Salvage Wheel. As defined by Heritage Preservation, “this app outlines critical stages of disaster response and provides practical salvage tips for nine types of collections, from photographs to natural history specimens.”
[NOTE: This app is no longer being actively supported but may still be downloaded.]

Contact Us

Becky Hebert
Rebecca Jackson
Sophie Law