Introduction to Emergency Planning and Risk Assessment

A recorded webinar about emergency planning and risk assessment.

One of the most important steps any cultural institution can take to safeguard its collections is to be prepared in the event of an emergency or disaster. Before an institution can begin developing an emergency preparedness and response plan, it is important to understand just what kinds of risks its collections might face. A risk assessment identifies potential risks and outlines strategies that might mitigate damage in the event of an emergency or disaster. . This workshop will offer tips for conducting these assessments on a site-wide level and for specific collections, as well as case studies of institutions that have dealt with disasters, and advice on forming relationships with first responders and other outside contacts who can help conduct risk assessments. Participants will also learn about tools for developing an Emergency Response and Preparedness Plan and the basics of collections salvage.

Each webinar was presented three times—once for each of the regions served by the Regional Heritage Stewardship Program.