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Emergency Preparedness Training

for California Cultural and Historic Resources Organizations


NEDCC will provide preservation training in California during 2020 as part of a special program sponsored by the California State Library. This program is supported in whole or in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.

This program is free for California cultural and historical organizations.

For more information about the Train the Trainer component of this program. See details here.

County-Wide Course on Emergency Preparedness

Locations in Sonoma, San Mateo, Ventura, and San Bernardino counties. See details below.

Join cultural and historic resource organizations in your county, as well as emergency management personnel and government departments, for a multi-faceted course on emergency preparedness.  

By attending this unique training series, you will--over a period of a few short months--prepare your organization to protect cultural heritage materials during the next disaster. Participants will:

  • Create a basic disaster plan and stress test it
  • Receive instruction in risk assessment and mitigation, emergency preparedness and response, and related emergency planning topics
  • Acquire hands-on experience with salvage techniques for damaged collections
  • Build relationships with the institutions nearest you (e.g. to collaborate on policy building and supply purchases)
  • Have the opportunity to work together to protect the cultural heritage of your region

Who Should Attend

This course is intended for institutions in Sonoma, San Mateo, Ventura, and San Bernardino counties only and is open to individuals associated with California cultural and historic resource organizations, county government departments and personnel, and offices involved with emergency management and public safety.

Registration

Registration is not open at this time. Please check  back or sign up for our e-list to be notified when registration opens. There is no cost to attend, but you must register to reserve a seat.

Course Components

Please plan to attend all workshops and webinars in the course, as they build on one another.

  • Month TBA, 2020: Orientation Meeting with County Stakeholders – half-day. Attendees will be oriented to the course and will become acquainted with methods for enhancing communication between county stakeholders, including CHRs, county government departments and personnel, and offices involved with emergency management and public safety. Relationship-building and collaboration between stakeholders will be emphasized.
  • Month TBA, 2020: Three live webinars on foundational emergency preparedness topics, including risk assessment and mitigation, creating a basic disaster plan, emergency preparedness and response, agents of deterioration, and collection salvage techniques. All stakeholders will attend the webinars or view recordings and then complete a basic disaster plan, which will be reviewed by the instructor.
  • Month TBA, 2020: Hands-on Collections Salvage – full-day instruction. Participants will learn how to prioritize damaged collections as well as receive hands-on training in salvage techniques for wet, smoky, and soot-damaged materials.
  • Month TBA, 2020: Disaster Plan Stress Test - full-day instruction. Stakeholders will complete a table-top exercise (TTX) to stress test their disaster response plans in an instructor-facilitated scenario and identify areas for further improvement. Stakeholders will have the opportunity to discuss mutual-aid opportunities and the development of collaborative disaster assistance teams. 

Dates & Locations

Dates and locations for Sonoma, San Mateo, Ventura, and San Bernardino counties have not yet been scheduled. Please check  back or sign up for our e-list to be notified when registration opens.

 

This program is supported in whole or in part by the 
U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the 
Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.


 
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