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Workshop on disasters

From: Helen Corr <hcorr>
Date: Thursday, February 15, 2001
Disaster Mitigation for Cultural Collections
The Society of the Cincinnati
Headquarters, Library and Museum
at Anderson House
2118 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20008
May 14-16, 2001

Disaster mitigation should play a role in any institution's
emergency preparedness and planning efforts.  Conservation Center
for Art and Historic Artifacts (CCAHA)'s Disaster Mitigation
Workshop Series is designed to help institutions reduce the
probability of emergencies they can control, and limit the damage to
collections that results from disasters they cannot control. This
series will provide tools for assessing an institution's
vulnerability to disaster, evaluating fire prevention and
suppression strategies, and assessing health and safety factors
related to disaster.

The workshops are intended for staff who are involved in collections
care activities or have responsibility for the safety of collections
such as librarians, archivists, curators, collections managers,
stewards of historic house museums, site and facilities managers,
and security and safety staff.

Although attending the entire series is not required, each workshop
supports your institution's vulnerability assessment process and
will strengthen its ability to minimize potential dangers to
collections and staff.

Be Prepared... Conducting a Vulnerability Assessment
May 14, 2001

    In this workshop, participants will learn how to conduct a
    vulnerability analysis and risk assessment so that they will be
    able to evaluate the types of emergencies that might affect
    their institution and its collections.  This evaluation will
    help the institution develop effective strategies to minimize
    the likelihood of a disaster.  The workshop speakers will also
    touch on the importance of business continuity for cultural
    institutions.  A crisis communications expert will address
    public relations strategies for emergency situations.

    Dr. Michael Trinkley
    Chicora Foundation, Inc.
    Dr. Michael Smith
    Assistant Professor, Department of Communication, LaSalle

Be Prepared... Fire Protection and Suppression
May 15, 2001

    Critical to the selection of an appropriate fire protection and
    suppression system is the assessment and analysis of the hazards
    and risks faced by a collection.  This workshop will focus on
    the need to review current fire protection procedures and
    systems in historic and cultural institutions.  The goal of the
    workshop will be to equip participants with up-to-date
    information to make informed decisions on fire prevention and

    J. Andrew Wilson
    Assistant Director for Fire Protection and Safety, Smithsonian
    Nicholas Artim
    Director, Fire Safety Network

Be Prepared... Assessing Health and Safety Risks
May 16, 2001

    This workshop will alert participants to the health and safety
    risks present at the time of an emergency, including air
    quality, fire safety, electrical hazards, structural
    instability, chemical and biological hazards (mold, lead,
    asbestos, contaminated water and soil), pests, and those hazards
    inherent in collections themselves (arsenic, formaldehyde).  The
    workshop will also address the psychological stresses faced by
    those in an emergency and the health and safety issues faced at
    the time of collection acquisition.

    Monona Rossol
    President, Arts, Crafts, and Theater Safety, Inc. (ACTS)
    Pam Hackbart-Dean
    Southern Labor Archivist, Georgia State University
    Katherine K. Dibble
    Director of Public Services, Boston Public Library

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), The Pew Charitable
Trusts, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) have
provided subsidy for these workshops.  Co-sponsors are Chesapeake
Information and Research Library Alliance (CIRLA); Federal Library
and Information Center Committee, Library of Congress (FLICC);
Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums (MAAM); the Society of the
Cincinnati; Special Libraries Association-Washington, DC Chapter;
and Washington Conservation Guild.

Registration Fee:
                 Non-Member Fee  CCAHA/Co-Sponsor Member Fee
  1 workshop:         $ 60.00      $ 50.00
  2 workshops:        $120.00      $100.00
  All 3 workshops:    $170.00      $140.00
   (Save $10.00):

Registration Deadline is May 1, 2001.

Stipends: Financial assistance of up to $900 will be made to defray
travel, lodging, and registration costs for individuals who are
interested in attending the entire series.  Consideration will be
given to stipend requests for up to $300 (per workshop) for
participation in one or two of the workshops, but preference will be
given to participation in the entire series.

To be eligible, individuals must work with historic and cultural
collections that are available to the public in non-profit
institutions with total annual institutional operating budgets of
$500,000 or less.  Applications from more than one person at an
institution will be considered.

Applications for stipends must be postmarked no later than March 26,

For additional stipend information, workshop registration forms, and
information about CCAHA, its programs, and services, please visit
<URL:> or contact CCAHA's Preservation Services
Office at 215-545-0613 or ccaha [at] ccaha__org

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