Tuesday, August 21, 2012

FREE workshop - Disaster Preparedness for Collections

ARE YOU READY? Scenario Planning & Collaboration Among Heritage Institutions to Improve Disaster Preparedness for Collections Salem, Oregon: Friday, October 5, 2012 – Oregon State Library – 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Sponsored by Western States & Territories Preservation Assistance Service (WESTPAS) Co-sponsored by the Oregon State Library Workshop instructor: Kristen Kern, Fine & Performing Arts Librarian, Portland State University ************************************************************************ Okay, now you have a plan, but do you know how well it will work in a real disaster situation? It's better to find answers now than after a disaster has occurred! This workshop will: • Help you assess your vulnerabilities • Test your plan using a scenario table top exercise • Explore how collaborations can help you respond to a disaster • Build a shared vision for regional disaster preparedness Who should attend: When possible, send 2-3 participants from your institution to work together on disaster preparedness activities: • Staff member(s) responsible for emergency preparedness • Administrator and/or manager responsible for the building/collection • Key members of the emergency/disaster team responsible for decision-making Requirements for attendance: • A written disaster plan (draft okay) that includes collections response/recovery • A letter of institutional commitment to explore collaboration to optimize preparedness • A completed 3-page vulnerability assessment (distributed 3 weeks before workshop) Cost: No fee; just your time, energy, and institutional commitment. Funding provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Registration: Pre-registration required. Register online at: WESTPAS workshop: http://host7.evanced.info/pls/lib/eventsignup.asp?ID=478 For registration assistance contact: Alexandra Gingerich gingerich@plsinfo.org For general & content information contact: Kristen Kern kkern@westpas.org