Records Managers

Vital Records and Disaster Recovery

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) has many resources available for information on Disaster Recovery and Vital Records. Visit our Records Emergency portal at


NARA staff can assist agencies with vital records identification and guidance, inventories of paper and electronic records, records transfers to off-site storage, files reconstruction guidance, and other records management needs

General assistance for Federal records managers in preparing for, responding to and recovering from an emergency is provided at Links are also provided on this page for Federal records management assistance, laws and regulations concerning damaged records, and information on records management during disasters.

If you are in the Washington, DC area and have general questions about vital records or if you have specific questions relating to your headquarters office, please contact your NARA appraisal archivist.  

If you are located outside the Washington, DC, area, please contact the regional records facility closest to your location.

NARA also offers vital records and disaster recovery training. Please visit our Learn Center to find the classes in your area.

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