Joint Statement on Hurricane Relief
Issued by the Boards of the Council
of State Archivists (CoSA), the National
Association of Government Archives and Records Administrators (NAGARA),
of American Archivists (SAA), the Chief
Officers of State Library
Agencies (COSLA), and the Academy of Certified Archivists (ACA)
September 2, 2005
Members of COSA, NAGARA, SAA, COSLA, and ACA are overwhelmed by the devastation
of Hurricane Katrina. As archivists we are, of course, concerned about the
But first and foremost, we are concerned for our friends and colleagues, as
we are for all the people whose lives have been affected.
It is difficult to
comprehend the scale of the damage. How can anyone plan for a disaster that
completely destroys the surrounding infrastructure? Those
of us in the rest of the country cannot know how to respond. Without reliable
communications, we don't know what's needed. But we know that people need food,
water, and shelter immediately.
The Boards of COSA, NARAGA, SAA, COSLA, and ACA are
encouraging their members to support all those whose lives have been affected
by Katrina by making a contribution
to the charity of their choice. For a list of charities, see the Federal Emergency
Management Agency’s website at http://www.fema.gov/press/2005/katrinadonations.shtm.
Many of these charities already have people on the scene and have the experience
to distribute help where it's needed most.
In the future, we hope to learn more
about specific ways we can help our colleagues care for their collections.
We will keep you informed.
Members who would like to be added to a hurricane-response
volunteer list for future efforts may submit their names using a form on
the SAA website.
We will make this list available to archival institutions so that they
can contact volunteers directly. At this time, it is impossible to predict
or if, volunteers might be contacted for help.