Preparing for the Worst: (Virtual) Tabletop Disaster Exercises

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The Regional Heritage Stewardship Program is an initiative of the Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Its Intermountain West regional program is conducted in partnership with the Utah Division of Arts & Museums’ Office of Museum Services and Utah Humanities.

CCAHA is committed to providing universal access to our programs. Advance notice is necessary to arrange for some accessibility needs; please contact Stephenie Bailey, by email at or by phone 215-545-0613 ext 314, at least seven days prior to the start of this event to make specific arrangements.

Tabletop disasters exercises are often utilized by organizations to test disaster plans and uncover institutional vulnerabilities. In this virtual workshop, participants will work in small teams to work through hypothetical emergencies at a cultural organization with the goal of identifying necessary response and recovery procedures required to effectively respond.

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This program is intended for preservation and collections staff in the Intermountain West region of the United States. For those outside of this region, please visit to find a full listing of our programs. 


Dyani Feige, Director of Preservation Services, CCAHA

Emily Johnson, Museum Services Specialist, Office of Museum Services, Utah Division of Arts & Museums

Jennifer Ortiz, Museum Services Manager, Office of Museum Services, Utah Division of Arts & Museums

Anastasia Matijkiw, Program Manager, CCAHA