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Online course on disaster planning

From: Helen Alten <helen<-a>
Date: Monday, October 24, 2005
MS206: Disaster Planning II: Writing a Disaster Preparedness Plan
Online course
Instructor: Terri Schindel
Dates: October 31-December 16, 2005
Price: $350

The Northern States Conservation Center
(<URL:>) is pleased to announce the
second part of one of its most important topics. Disaster Planning
II: Writing a Disaster Preparedness Plan uses information gathered
in Disaster Planning I and uses it to write an institutional plan
with the instructor's help. It is now available on-line by Northern
States Conservation Center at <URL:>.

Current AAM accreditation requires that you have a disaster plan.
However, writing the plan can be difficult, especially if you have
no background in the subject.  In this course you will write the
plan in sections, with review and input by the instructor.

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 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 DPRPlan 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

The course will last for six weeks. The course format is self-paced.
The instructor will be available at predetermined intervals
throughout the course. Students will be working individually and
interact through forums and scheduled on-line chats. Materials
include web versions of reading materials and lecture notes.
Supporting resources include message forums, weekly online chats,
email support, projects, and links to relevant websites. This course
will include handouts, on-line literature and
student-teacher/group-teacher dialog. Course textbook must be
purchased separately.  It is Steal This Handbook! A Template for
Creating a Museum's Emergency Preparedness Plan, 1994, Southeastern
Registrars Association. The course is limited to 20 participants.

If you are interested in the course, please sign up at
<URL:> and pay for the course at
<URL:>.  If you have
trouble with either, please contact Helen Alten
<helen<-a t->collectioncare< . >org>

About the instructor: Terri Schindel, Conservator received her
conservation diploma from the Courtauld Art Institute, University of
London with a concentration in textile conservation. She has
assisted small and medium sized museums in writing disaster plans
since the mid- 1990s. A part of the 2001, NEH-funded, "Train the
Trainers" national initiative, Ms. Schindel worked with conservators
around the country in developing an accepted standard for disaster
planning materials. Ms. Schindel has worked teaching collections
care/preventive conservation to people from small, rural, and tribal
museums since 1988. She is familiar with the many challenges and
lack of resources facing these institutions. She offers her
expertise through a variety of programs that include mentoring,
on-site training, grant writing, CAP surveys, grant funded projects,
preventive conservation, and interventive conservation treatments.
As an experienced museum consultant and teacher, Ms. Schindel has
followed approximately thirty institutions through the processes of
survey, resourcing, training, and successful implementation of
collection and conservation priorities. Ms. Schindel is committed to
maintaining the uniqueness of each small museum while upgrading to
professional standards and resourcing for future generations.

                  Conservation DistList Instance 19:23
                 Distributed: Friday, October 28, 2005
                       Message Id: cdl-19-23-017
Received on Monday, 24 October, 2005

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