Protecting Cultural Collections: Disaster Prevention, Preparedness, Response & Recovery

The “Protecting Cultural Collections” workshops are presented in a 2-part sequence to produce the following outcomes for disaster preparedness activities:
  • Complete a disaster response & collection salvage plan by the end of Part 2
  • Learn how to train staff to implement your plan effectively
  • Set pre- and post-disaster action priorities for your collections
  • Understand practical decision-making skills needed during an emergency
  • Experience salvage procedures for a wide variety of material including books, documents, photos & objects
Part 1: Prevention & Preparedness
Denver: Wednesday, July 18, 2012, 9am-4pm – University of Colorado, Anschutz Campus
Part 2: Response & Recovery
Denver: Wednesday, August 22, 2012, 9am-4pm – University of Colorado, Anschutz Campus
Sponsored by Western States & Territories Preservation Assistance Service (WESTPAS)
Instructor: Julie Page, Co-Coordinator, California Preservation Program and WESTPAS
The workshop days are scheduled 4 weeks apart. Participants will prepare short assignments prior to the first session; between sessions, they will undertake additional assignments resulting in a completed disaster plan at the end of Part 2. Upon completion, the institution will be invited to join an informal network of WESTPAS trained personnel to provide mutual aid in the event of emergencies involving collections in the region.
Who should attend: Administrators and staff responsible for emergency preparedness, response and decision-making, in all types of cultural institutions.  By registering for the workshop, the institution commits to supporting the attendee(s) to achieve the workshop’s disaster preparedness goals. When possible, please send two attendees so they can work together on the disaster preparedness activities.
Cost: No charge to the institution.  Funding provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Co-sponsored by the Colorado State Library.
Registration: Pre-registration required. Register online at: WESTPAS workshop
For registration assistance contact: Alexandra Gingerich
For general & content information contact: Julie Page
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