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Hands-On Workshops for Emergency Preparedness and Response Along the Atlantic Coast

Join cultural heritage organizations, emergency management personnel, and government departments along the Atlantic coast for a hands-on workshop on emergency preparedness and response!


Eight low-cost workshops, funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, will be presented in or adjacent to federally-declared disaster areas along the Atlantic Coast of the United States. These in-person workshops will supplement participating institutions’ internal disaster planning activities and include opportunities for kinetic learning.

Participants will: 

  • Receive training in risk assessment and mitigation, emergency preparedness and response, and related emergency planning topics; 
  • Build relationships with nearby institutions to facilitate collaboration, e.g. on policy building and supply purchases;  
  • Walk through an instructor-facilitated scenario (table-top exercise) to simulate the experience of responding to a disaster;  
  • Acquire hands-on experience with salvage techniques for formats commonly found in cultural collections, including books, documents, photographs, and audiovisual materials; and 
  • Gain an understanding of how disasters can physically impact their collections and how they can be “first responders” for collections salvage. 

Who Should Attend 

These workshops are open to individuals associated with cultural heritage organizations, such as libraries, archives, museums, and historical societies; government departments and personnel, including town clerks; and offices involved with emergency management and public safety.   

Workshop Dates and Locations 

Workshops will be held in the eight following states. Dates and locations for each state will be added to this list as they are confirmed. All dates are in 2023 and locations are listed alphabetically. 

Tuesday, August 8
at the New Haven Museum in New Haven, CT
9:00am – 4:30pm

Thursday, August 17
at the Portland Museum of Art in Portland, ME
9:00am – 4:30pm

Tuesday, July 25
at the UMD Libraries in College Park, MD
9:00am – 4:30pm

Thursday, September 21 
at the Eastham Public Library in Eastham, MA 
9:00 am-4:30 pm 

New Jersey 
Thursday, July 13
at the 
Princeton University Library in Princeton, NJ
Time TBC

North Carolina  
Friday, March 31 
at the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, NC  
9:00 am-4:30 pm 

Rhode Island 
Wednesday, September 6 
at the Providence Public Library in Providence, RI 
9:00 am-4:30 pm 

Tuesday, June 6 
at the Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries in Richmond, VA  
9:00 am-4:30 pm 


The registration fee for this program is $50 per person and includes supplies for hands-on wet salvage training. To register for a workshop, please click on the state where you are interested in attending and you will be taken to our registration page.

Advance registration is required. 


Eli Boyne, MA - Preservation Specialist 
Based in New Orleans, Louisiana, Eli Boyne provides consultations, training programs, assessments, and disaster assistance to a variety of cultural heritage organizations nationwide with a focus on the Midwest and Southeast regions of the United States. She has led workshops and webinars that focus on writing collection management policies and disaster plans, planning digital preservation projects, and audiovisual preservation.

Alison Fulmer, MLIS - Associate Preservation Specialist 
Based in Massachusetts, Alison Fulmer provides training programs, assessments, consultations, and disaster assistance to cultural heritage organizations nationwide. She teaches 
workshops, webinars, and web courses on physical collection preservation, digital preservation, audiovisual preservation, and emergency preparedness. She has developed content for the webinar “10 Practical Steps for Getting Started with Digital Preservation” and has customized emergency preparedness workshops to include activities such as disaster plan review, collection wet salvage demonstrations, and disaster scenario tabletop exercises. 

Stephanie Garafolo, ALM - Associate Preservation Specialist  
Based in Massachusetts, Stephanie Garafolo provides preservation information and outreach, including assessments, consultations, training programs, and disaster assistance for cultural heritage organizations of all types. She teaches workshops, webinars, and web courses on audiovisual preservation, digital preservation, physical collections care, and emergency preparedness. She has also developed content for new webinars in response to community and client needs, including “Celebrate with Collections! Utilizing Collections in Your Community’s Anniversary Celebration” and “COVID-19 and Collections Care.” In 2021, Stephanie served as the project manager and lead instructor for a four-month emergency preparedness course for California cultural heritage organizations. She currently represents NEDCC on the COSTEP MA Executive Committee and serves as a Museum Assessment Program (MAP) Peer Reviewer for the American Alliance of Museums.

Full bios are available on the Preservation Services staff page. 


If you have questions about this program, please contact Preservation Services at [email protected].    

NEDCC is grateful for support from the National Endowment for the Humanities for its training programs, outreach activities and web resources.