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Online course on writing disaster plans

From: Helen Alten <helen<-a>
Date: Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Disaster Plan Research and Writing Online Course

SKU: ms205
Instructor: Terri Schindel

Description: Every museum 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.
Once completed with this course, we recommend the Disaster
Preparation and Recovery course taught by Susan Duhl and Helen Alten
to provide more information about staff organization and management
during and after a disaster.

Course Outline:

    Introduction to Disaster Planning

    Disaster Team

    Risk Assessment and Management

    Health and Safety



    Prioritizing Collections

    Writing the Disaster Preparedness Plan

    Emergency Procedures

    Disaster Response

    Emergency Procedures - Recovery

    Emergency Procedures - Salvage

    Emergency Procedures - Salvage Techniques and Guidelines

    Emergency supplies and location of regional resources

    Appendices: What to put in them

    Next steps: planning drills and further resources


Required Textbook: Steal This Handbook! A Template for Creating a
Museum's Emergency Preparedness Plan/


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

Course dates: September 1- October 24, 2014

Sign up now at <URL:>

Helen Alten
Northern States Conservation Center

                  Conservation DistList Instance 28:11
                  Distributed: Friday, August 15, 2014
                       Message Id: cdl-28-11-016
Received on Wednesday, 13 August, 2014

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