Founded in 2006, DDAT has dedicated itself to its mission to “coordinate emergency preparedness planning, awareness, and disaster mitigation among the agencies, institutions, and repositories that create and manage the cultural heritage of Delaware.”

This website contains information about the organization, a member directory, information on becoming a member, an event calendar, photos of past DDAT events, and selected resources.

Check out the Past Events page to learn more about DDAT's most recent training programs!

Claudia F. Leister Fellowship
project proposal applications are now available!! 
for more information, or to apply click here 

Funding opportunity from the National Endowment for the Humanities: 

Here's a description of the program, in brief: 

The Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections (SCHC) program helps cultural institutions meet the complex challenge of preserving large and diverse holdings of humanities materials for future generations by supporting sustainable conservation measures that mitigate deterioration, prolong the useful life of collections, and support institutional resilience: the ability to anticipate and respond to natural and man-made disasters

SCHC offers two kinds of awards: 

Planning Grants - To help an institution develop and assess sustainable preventive conservation strategies, grants that will support planning projects, which may encompass such activities as site visits, risk assessments, planning sessions, monitoring, testing, modeling, project-specific research, and preliminary designs for implementation projects. 

Implementation Grants  - To help an institution implement a preventive conservation project. Implementation projects must focus on sustainable or resilient preservation strategies. 

Planning grants can be for up to $40,000.00 and Implementation grants can be for up to $350,000.00. 

Deadline is December 5 to apply.

Resource of the Month
Check back each month to learn about a different disaster preparedness and recovery resource!

Fire Protection 
The news of the Sonoma County, California wildfires destroying part of Hewlitt-Packard's archives is making the rounds this week. This loss has inspired November's resources. 

Fire Protection in Cultural Institutions, a presentation given at the National Archives by J. Andrew Wilson, the focus of which is to emphasize fire prevention measures. 

Protecting Your Institution from Wild Fires: Planning not to Burn and Learning to Recover, by Michael Trinkley, Ph.D. of the Chicora Institute for Conservation Online, was written in 2008 in response to the wildfires effecting Florida.

For an article from the Washington Post on how the fires impacted HP's archives, click here.

--Upcoming Events--

Planning for Disasters When Renovating Your Facilities

Tuesday, December 12 at 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at New Castle Historical Society, 30 Market Street, New Castle

New Castle Historical Society Executive Director Dan Citron will host this program and he will discuss the decision making process used at NCHS when undertaking recent renovations to their facilities.

The program will be preceded by a brief but very important business meeting during which we will hold our biennial elections for board members and officers.

State of the Federal Funding Climate: How Can DDAT Member Organizations Creatively Continue to Make Ends Meet?

Monday, February 5, 2018, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. (location TBD)

Dr. Connie Bodner, Supervisory Grants Management Specialist with the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) will discuss the current federal funding climate for cultural heritage organizations under the Trump administration with a particular emphasis on challenges and creative solutions. 

For more information on IMLS, go to their website:

--Upcoming Training Opportunities--

DEMA is offering G-205 Recovery from Disaster, on November 29-30, 2017 from 9:00-4:30 each day.  This is one of the required courses in The Advanced Professional Series. To register, click the link below, then course enrollment. For information on how to create an account in the Delaware Learning Center, see attached instructions.

Safety News

Dehumidifiers Recalled due to Fire Hazard

Dehumidifiers from many manufactures, going back before 2008, have been recalled due to a fire hazard.  I know that many of you have dehumidifiers in your collection and work spaces, so this may be relevant to you.  The link with information and instructions is:

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