Following Hurricane Harvey in 2017, Humanities Texas convened a meeting of statewide organizations and agencies to share information about our respective recovery initiatives and to explore collaborative efforts addressing preparedness for future natural disasters. To the latter end, we have compiled a list of resources for hurricane response and recovery, including information on upcoming workshops and links to guidelines for the protection and preservation of historic properties and humanities collections as well as personal archives and family heritage items.

Please see our July/August 2020 e-newsletter for an updated list of resources.

Upcoming Workshops

Houston Arts Alliance

In September 2017, Houston Arts Alliance will hold free Disaster Resilience Workshops in Liberty, Clute, and Conroe. Participants will learn from national experts about the disaster planning process and contents of a disaster plan, hear about business continuity issues, and receive information about resources to help with planning for the next potential disaster.

Preparedness Resources

American Alliance of Museums

Developing a Disaster Preparedness/Emergency Response Plan
Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Response Plan

Facilities and Risk Management Standards

American Library Association

Library Disaster Preparedness and Response

Harry Ransom Center

Directory of Conservators for Emergency Planning and Response


Heritage Emergency National Task Force
FEMA Fact Sheets

Harvey Arts Recovery Fund

Hurricane Preparedness Tool Kit

Library of Congress

Emergency Management

Texas Commission on the Arts

Hurricane Harvey Resources

Texas Historical Commission

A Disaster Plan for Museums
Emergency Preparedness Checklist

Risk Assessment Planning Exercise - Facilities

Risk Assessment Planning Exercise - Location

Disaster Planning: Salvage Priorities

Be Prepared for a Hurricane

Disaster Resources for Historic Properties

Texas Library Association

Disaster Relief Fund

Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Disaster Recovery Resources for Libraries, Archives, and Cultural Institutions

UT Austin School of Information

Emergency Salvage of Family Treasures Tips
National Heritage Responders

TX-CERA (Texas Collections Emergency Response Alliance)

Emergency Response: Advice for Saving Damaged Family Treasures

The historic Fulton Mansion in Rockport, Texas, after Hurricane Harvey. © William Luther/San Antonio Express-News/ZUMA Wire.

Wharton County Historical Museum in Wharton, Texas, surrounded by floodwaters brought on by Hurricane Harvey. Photo by Master Sgt. Jason Robertson, Air Force Public Affairs Agency.