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Disaster Recovery

Disaster Recovery Manual

This manual is designed to help staff cope with 99.9% of all water related emergencies, and gives step by step instructions for drying books and other paper based materials. Also included are sections on the recovery of non-print materials (photographs, negatives, microfilm, paintings) and audio materials from water related damage. Because of the very delicate nature of these materials it is highly advisable to contact a conservator as soon as possible.

Contacts in the event of a disaster

Library Emergency Supply List

Emergency Supplies

Emergency Supply Kits

  • Contact David Stokoe, Conservation Librarian for supplies to replenish kits or larger emergencies at 315-443-9937 or
  • Kits are located on each floor and at all branch locations: "X" marks location of kits on plans at end of "Manual."

Emergency Supplies Cabinets (Two)

  • Absorbent socks/booms (4' & 10' length)
  • Aprons
  • Box cutter & refill blades
  • Clothes Pins
  • Duct tape
  • Extension cords
  • Flashlights & batteries
  • Hard hats & safety goggles
  • Latex gloves
  • Package tape dispensers & extra rolls
  • Paper towels (folded)
  • Permanent markers (red & black)
  • Plastic sheeting (rolled 10 x 25 ft.)
  • Plastic sheeting (rolled 10 x 100 ft.)
  • Scissors
  • String
  • Surge protector strips
  • Trash bags (33 gallon)
  • Wax paper
  • Whistles
  • Yellow "CAUTION" tape
  • Zip lock bags

Other Supplies

  • Dehumidifiers (Borrow from Custodial/Zone)
  • Fans
  • Plastic book cartons
  • Wet/dry vacuums

Contact for Elevator Key

  • Tom House, 315-443-1896
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