Friday, July 8, 2011

Free workshop - Disaster Prevention, Preparedness, Response & Recovery

Protecting Cultural Collections:

Disaster Prevention, Preparedness, Response & Recovery

Part 1: Prevention & Preparedness – 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Salem: Monday, August, 22, 2011 – Willamette Heritage Center, Salem, OR

Part 2: Response & Recovery – 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Salem: Monday, November 7, 2011 – Willamette Heritage Center, Salem, OR

Sponsored by Western States & Territories Preservation Assistance Service (WESTPAS)

Instructor: Kristen Kern, Fine & Performing Arts Librarian, Portland State University


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

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 Oregon State Library.

Registration: Pre-registration required. Register online at: WESTPAS workshop

For registration assistance contact: Wendy Cao

For general & content information contact: Kristen Kern