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Emergency Supplies Print Version

 

Use this checklist to create a stock of emergency supplies. These are the recommended supplies and quantities for handling emergencies involving up to 500 books. Based on the size or nature of the library’s collections, it may be prudent to prepare to salvage more than 500 books. If so, multiply the recommended quantities by the appropriate factor (e.g., to respond to an emergency involving 2000 books, multiply recommended quantities by four).

Please contact HCL Conservation Services (5-3494) or the Weissman Preservation Center
(5-8596) for specific product information.

Purpose Quantity Product
     
Personal Protection 1 box (100) Gloves (large nitrile; avoid gloves containing natural rubber, because of potential allergic reactions)
  1 box (100) Aprons (polyethylene)
  20 Dust masks
  100 Anti-bacterial wipes
     
Immediate Response 1 roll Yellow “Caution Tape”
  2 rolls Polyethylene sheeting (4 mil. thick, 100’ long; may be pre-cut to height of ranges in the stacks)
  1 carton (1,920) Paper towels (C-fold)
  40 Reusable absorbent pads (15” x 15”)
  3 Sponges
  40 Bags (plastic trash, 30 or 42 gallon, 3 mil. thick)
  40 Bags (plastic zip-type, 1 gallon)
     
Freeze Drying 50 Rescubes® (12” x 15 ½” x 10”, polyethylene boxes) or cardboard boxes with plastic trash bag liners
  1 box (500) Deli-wrap paper (10” x 15”, single fold pop-up box)
  2 rolls Tape (duct, 2” wide)
  1 Utility knife
  1 box (5) Utility knife blades
     
Air-Drying 1 roll Polyethylene sheeting (4 mil. thick, 100’ long)
  2 rolls Brown paper
  10 Blotters
  100 sheets Reemay® or Hollytex®
  100 yds. Fishing line
  200 Bulldog clips (small)
  2 Microspatulas
  1 Screwdriver (flathead)
     
Record Keeping 2 Clipboards
  12 Paper pads (8 ½” x 11”, wide-ruled)
  12 Pencils (#2; sharpen pencils in advance)
  1 Pencil sharpener (small hand-held)
  6 China markers
  6 Scissors (8”, straight blade)

     

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