IMALERT Hotline – (319) 384-3673

The Iowa Museums Archives Libraries Emergency Response Team (IMALERT) offers 24-hour assistance for cultural institutions in the state experiencing an emergency or disaster. The IMALERT Hotline can connect 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. Click here for more on the IMALERT Hotline.

National Heritage Responders – (202) 661-8068

The National Heritage Responders (NHR) respond to the needs of cultural institutions during emergencies and disasters through coordinated efforts with first responders, state agencies, vendors, and the public. Learn more about the NHR here.

University of Iowa

For University of Iowa Collections emergencies, call Giselle Simón, department director, at (319) 335-5503, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Additional Links

IMALERT Disaster Resources Hub

Library of Congress Response and Recovery

National Heritage Responders Tip Sheets

NEDCC Online Disaster Planning Tools

Articles on Mold:

Nancy E. Kraft, “Major and Minor Mold Outbreaks: Summer of 2002,” Public Library Quarterly 25, no. 3–4 (September 14, 2006): 127–41,

Kristina L. Southwell, “Chlorine Dioxide: A Treatment for Mold in Libraries,” Archival Products News 10, no. 3 (n.d.),