May 1, MayDay, is a day for archivists to review their disaster response and recovery plans. The Heritage Health Index Report on the State of America’s Collections was published in 2005, soon after hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Wilma hit the east coast. The report found that few institutions had a disaster plan, or their plans were out of date.
MayDay is also a day for anyone with treasures to preserve to check on the condition of their collections, and analyze any environmental threats that need to be addressed. A few of the many great resources available to help you with this responsibility include the MayDay Quick Tips from the Society of American Archivists, and a previous entry from this blog contains many great links.