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Subject: Online courses on disaster planning

Online courses on disaster planning

From: Helen Alten <helen>
Date: Friday, September 17, 2004
Northern States Conservation Center announces two online disaster
planning and response courses available in October and November
through <URL:>:

MS 205 Disaster Planning I: Introduction to Disaster Preparedness
Instructor: Terri Schindel
October 4-29, 2004
Price: $350

    Emergencies, disasters, accidents, and injuries can occur in any
    setting and at any time, usually without warning. Museum
    collections are by their nature both vulnerable and
    irreplaceable; even small accidents can harm a collection. Being
    prepared physically and psychologically to handle emergencies is
    an individual as well as an organizational responsibility.
    Disaster Preparedness and Response Planning (DPRP) outlines
    procedures for museum staff and volunteers to follow in various
    emergency situations.

    You will learn how to form a team, dynamics of team
    participation, on-going nature of planning, personnel safety,
    board governance, insurance, and that plans must be reviewed and
    updated twice a year and how to accomplish this review. You will
    identify community partners, fire prevention personnel,
    emergency medical providers, government officials, insurance
    providers, and invite them to participate in planning. A staff
    member, and/or a team, will be chosen to serve as an emergency
    coordinator(s). You will learn what the team/person's duties and
    responsibilities are before, during and after the emergency. The
    emergency coordinator will formulate a simple, easily accessible
    flip-chart of information pertaining to contacts, personnel
    locations, immediate action steps, emergency numbers, signals,
    sirens, and visual aids if necessary. With this information you
    will be ready to actually write the Disaster Preparedness and
    Response Plan.

MS206 Disaster Planning II: Writing a Disaster Preparedness Plan
Instructor: Terri Schindel
November 1-26, 2004
Price: $350

    The purpose of a Written Disaster Preparedness and Response Plan
    is to educate all participants in their role and
    responsibilities in an emergency situation. Each participant
    from the planning team will be required to research and fully
    understand the emergency response and recovery steps.
    Participants will learn how to document the collection so you
    know what collection information is useful before an emergency.
    You will identify important institutional records, collection
    inventories, research materials, location of certain items on
    exhibit and in storage. A copy of records to be stored off-site
    will include blue prints, inventory lists, hazardous materials
    list, computer back-ups, financial records, community partners
    telephone lists, and an Emergency Response Salvage Wheel. You
    will become familiar with other emergency information and
    documentation systems, such as Homeland Security, Red Cross,
    FEMA, and local government entities. Participants will receive
    an emergency preparedness and response supply list and
    participants will customize it for specific threats. As you
    write the DPR Plan you will also begin assembling supplies. The
    instructor will guide you through each step, assist you with
    checklists, forms, organization, review narratives, edit the
    final written plan, and guide you to grant funding for on-site
    or regional training to conduct practice drills. Participants
    will have a written disaster plan for their institution by the
    end of the course. Pre-requisite: MS 205 Disaster Planning I.

                  Conservation DistList Instance 18:16
                Distributed: Tuesday, September 28, 2004
                       Message Id: cdl-18-16-015
Received on Friday, 17 September, 2004

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