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Online course on writing disaster plans

From: Helen Alten <helen<-at->
Date: Tuesday, August 13, 2013
MS 205/6: Disaster Plan Research and Writing
Instructor: Terri Schindel
Dates:Sep 3-Oct 25, 2013
Location: Online at

Description: Every museum, library and archive needs to be prepared
for fires, floods, chemical spills, tornadoes, hurricanes and other
disasters. But surveys show 80 percent lack trained staff,
emergency-preparedness plans for their collections, or both.
Disaster Plan Research and Writing begins with the creation of
disaster-preparedness teams, the importance of ongoing planning,
employee safety, board participation and insurance. Participants
will learn everything they need to draft their own
disaster-preparedness plans. They also will be required to
incorporate colleagues in team-building exercises.

A written disaster-preparedness plan is not only a good idea, it's
also a requirement for accreditation. In the second half of the
course, instructor Terri Schindel reviews and provides input as
participants write plans that outline the procedures to follow in
various emergencies. The completed plan prepares museums physically
and mentally to handle emergencies that can harm vulnerable and
irreplaceable collections. You will have a completed institutional
disaster-preparedness and response plan at the end of the course.

Logistics: Participants in Disaster Plan Research and Writing work
at their own pace. Instructor Terri Schindel is available at
scheduled times for email support. Opportunities for interaction
include forums and scheduled online chats. Each section includes a
written assignment that becomes support material for drafting an
actual disaster preparedness plan. Materials include readings,
lecture notes, links to relevant web sites and handouts. The course
is limited to 20 participants.

MS205/6: Disaster Plan Research and Writing lasts eight weeks. To
learn more about the course, please go to
If you have trouble please contact Helen Alten

The Instructor:

    Terri Schindel, graduated from the Courtauld Art Institute,
    University of London with a concentration in textile
    conservation. Since 1988 she has taught collections care and
    preventive conservation to museum staff. She has assisted
    museums in writing disaster plans for more than a decade and
    helped develop national standards for disaster-preparedness
    materials. Ms. Schindel specializes in collection care and
    preventive conservation and works regularly with small, rural
    and tribal museums. She is familiar with the many challenges and
    lack of resources facing these institutions. Ms. Schindel is
    committed to maintaining the uniqueness of each museum while
    ensuring that they serve as a resource for future generations.

Brad Bredehoft for Helen Alten
Northern States Conservation Center

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Received on Tuesday, 13 August, 2013

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