People always say archivists are possessive of their collections and when something happens to them we take it as a personal lost. Afterall, we are the ones who have handled the materials and become acquainted with the “lives” behind the artifacts, therefore, it is only reasonable that we would take the same steps to protect our archives as we would take to protect the contents of our homes. So in acknowledgement of MayDay, I will begin the tedious task of reassessing the collection and making sure that our databases and finding aids are accurate. This will ensure that if there is a disaster, we have an accurate account of our materials. For me, this will not be just a one day event but a continuous process to ensure that my collection is as safe as it can be.

Things you can do to protect your archives:
  • Reread key policy documents to ensure they are current
  • Check that materials are stored safely
  • Note emergency exits and fire extinguishers
  • Discuss emergency plans with authorities
If you are not in charge of an archives, you can still participate by creating an emergency plan for your home:
  • Check smoke detectors
  • Ensure that your family knows what to do in case of emergency
  • Create a medical kit
  • Place all documents in a fireproof box