It is the intent of this document to guide any cultural institution facing potential maritime‑related disasters in how to:
1. Assess the needs of its unique site and collections;
2. Prepare a management and recovery plan based on this assessment;
3. Test the plan; and
4. Assemble an annotated reference list of staff, professionals, vendors, services, and volunteers who can provide on‑site help or equipment and materials.
While this manual concentrates on maritime‑related disasters, general information and references are also provided to assist institutions in establishing plans for all types of disasters and emergencies. As with any plan, testing, new technology, and new ideas necessitate, at the very least, annual evaluation and updating. CAMM welcomes comments on how this manual can be improved.