IMALERT

Iowa Museums, Archives, and Libraries Emergency Response Team (IMALERT)

Mission

The mission of the Iowa Museums, Archives, and Libraries Emergency Response Team (IMALERT) is to respond to the needs of cultural institutions during emergencies and disasters through coordinated efforts with first responders, state and local agencies, vendors, and the public.

Goals

IMALERT is here to assess damage to collection materials, make recommendations for collection recovery, assist with decisions on drying out buildings, demonstration of salvage techniques, and/or initial organization of salvage operations.

IMALERT Hotline

During a disaster, time is critical but help is a phone call away.  IMALERT Hotline 319-384-3673.

Iowa Museums, Archives, and Libraries Emergency Response Team (IMALERT) will provide a hotline service to cultural institutions experiencing an emergency or disaster. The IMALERT Hotline connects staff with the information and expertise needed to respond to and recover from any level of incident from a leaking pipe to a major flood.

IMALERT will coordinate with first responders, state and local agencies, and vendors to provide disaster assistance to affected institutions and their collections. Through the team’s vast experience in conservation, preservation and emergency response and recovery, help is available to:

– assess damage to collection materials

– make recommendations for recovery

– assist with decision making on drying out buildings

– demonstrate salvage techniques and/or help organize the initial salvage operation

IMALERT is an initiative of the Iowa Conservation and Preservation Consortium http://www.iowaconserveandpreserve.org/

Contact: imalert.iowa@gmail.com

Becoming a Member

If you or a member of your institution are interested in joining IMALERT, please fill out an IMALERT Application Form and send to Co-chairs Cindy Opitz and Candida Pagan at imalert.iowa@gmail.com for an application. We are happy to answer any questions you may have beforehand. IMALERT members meet yearly for an annual training session.