A flood, fire or tornado could destroy an entire collection or artifacts within a library or museum.
That's why there's training underway to teach library and museum directors how to plan in case of such an event.
Collections often represent years of hard work, a wealth of information and history, not to mention the cost involved.
Through a grant, the State Historical Society is offering advice to museum and library officials through-out the state.
Director of Archives Ann Jenks say a disaster could be many different things.
Ann Jenks, State Historical Society "I think there are simple things that can be a disaster, such as plumbing, be alert to areas of the building for mold, insects, temperature or humidity. so many things could damage whatever your collection is made of.
Planning for such a disaster involves keeping an up-to-date inventory of the collection, and having the appropriate insurance.