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Emergency Preparedness Training

for California Cultural and Historic Resource 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 (ONLINE)

Sonoma, San Mateo, Ventura, and San Bernardino counties are the focus of the online county-wide emergency preparedness courses; however, counties that received similar training in recent years can join the courses for a refresher.

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; however, counties that received similar training in recent years can join the courses for a refresher. The courses are 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. 

If you work for a cultural and historic resource organization or municipality in the following counties:

  • Mendocino, Napa, Sacramento, or Sonoma counties, please register for the Sonoma County course.
  • Alameda, San Francisco, or San Mateo counties, please register for the San Mateo County course.
  • Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, or San Diego counties, please register for the San Bernardino County course.
  • Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, or Ventura counties, please register for the Ventura County course.
  • Fresno, Monterey, Nevada, and Placer counties, you may join any of the four counties.

Registration

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. At this time, all course components are scheduled to take place online.

NEDCC is accepting late registrations, to help with scheduling problems for those who are affected by the current fires or the pandemic. Registrants will have access to recordings of sessions they may have missed.

  • August, 2020: Orientation Meeting with County Stakeholders. 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.
  • September, 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.
  • October, 2020: Hands-on Collections Salvage. 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.
  • November & December, 2020: Disaster Plan Stress Test 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 & Times 

NEDCC is accepting late registrations, to help with scheduling problems for those who are affected by the current fires or the pandemic. Registrants will have access to recordings of sessions they may have missed.

  San Mateo Sonoma San Bernardino Ventura
  Orientation
  Meeting

  Wed, 8/19/2020
  10am - 12pm

  Fri, 8/21/2020
  10am - 12pm
  Wed, 8/26/2020
  10am - 12pm
  Fri, 8/28/2020
  10am - 12pm
  Webinar #1 Wed, 9/2/2020, 10am - 12pm
  Webinar #2 Wed, 9/16/2020, 10am - 12pm
  Webinar #3 Wed, 9/23/2020, 10am - 12pm
  Collection
  Salvage
  Fri, 10/9/2020
  9am - 2pm
  Wed, 10/14/2020
  9am - 2pm
  Wed, 10/28/2020
  9am - 2pm

  Fri, 10/30/2020
  9am - 2pm

  Disaster
  Plan Stress
  Test
  Fri, 11/13/2020
  9am - 2pm
  Wed, 11/18/2020
  9am - 2pm
  Fri, 12/4/2020
  9am - 2pm
  Wed, 12/9/2020
  9am - 2pm

Course Access

The course components will be held online using Adobe Connect or Zoom, with access provided only to those who have registered.

To access the course, you will need:

  • The email address that you registered with.
  • A stable, high-speed internet connection. Ethernet or "hard wired" is recommended over WiFi or wireless.
  • A computer. A laptop or desktop computer is recommended over a smart phone or tablet.
  • A headset or earbuds that includes a microphone is recommended over using your computer's built-in speakers and microphone.
  • A webcam or built-in computer camera is recommended so that you can get the most out of discussions and group work.
  • You will receive advance instructions for any additional downloads, account set-up, etc. that may be necessary for you to access the conference.

 


 

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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