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Free Regional Course on Emergency Preparedness


From March 2021 - July 2021, NEDCC is providing free emergency preparedness training for California cultural heritage organizations sponsored by the California State Library and funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

By attending this unique, online 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 nearby institutions (e.g. to collaborate on policy building and supply purchases)
  • Have the opportunity to work together to protect the cultural heritage of their region

Who Should Attend

This course is open to individuals associated with California cultural heritage organizations, county government departments and personnel, and offices involved with emergency management and public safety in the following county groupings:

  • SOUTH - Orange county
  • CENTRAL COAST - Santa Cruz, Santa Clara, and San Benito counties
  • NORTH - Del Norte, Glenn, Humboldt, Lake, Shasta, Tehama, and Trinity counties

In addition to the selected counties, individuals located in counties that received emergency preparedness training from the California State Library in recent years will be welcome to attend for a refresher if space is available. These include: Alameda, Fresno, Los Angeles, Mendocino, Monterey, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Riverside, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Francisco, San Luis Obispo, San Mateo, Santa Barbara, Sonoma, and Ventura.


Please Note: NEDCC has extended the registration deadline for all county groupings until Monday, April 19. Registrants who missed their region’s Orientation Meeting will have access to the recording.

There is no cost to attend, but you must register to reserve a seat. Additionally, each participant is asked to provide a letter of support from their supervisor or organization leadership to complete the registration process. To begin registration, please select the county grouping that best matches your institution’s physical location from the list below. Following your initial registration, a member of Preservation Services will contact you with instructions for securely submitting your letter of support prior to the start of the program.

Course Components

All course components will be taught online. To facilitate remote instruction during the COVID-19 pandemic, a salvage kit will be shipped directly to each participant in preparation for the hands-on Collection Salvage workshops. Please plan to attend all workshops and webinars in the course, as they build on one another.






  Tues, 3/30/2021
  10am - 12pm

  Wed, 3/31/2021
  10am - 12pm

  Tues, 4/6/2021
  10am - 12pm  

  Webinar #1

Wed, 4/21/2021, 10am -12pm

  Webinar #2

Wed, 4/28/2021, 10am - 12pm

  Webinar #3

Wed, 5/5/2021, 10am - 12pm


  Tues, 6/15/2021
  9am - 1pm

  Wed, 6/16/2021
  9am - 1pm

  Tues, 6/22/2021
  9am - 1pm

 Disaster Plan
  Stress Test

 Tues, 7/13/2021
9am - 1pm

    Wed, 7/14/2021
9am - 1pm

  Tues, 7/20/2021
9am - 1pm


Additional information about this program and course components 

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Trainees in the Emergency Preparedness program receive a stipend for helping to conduct trainings in the regional course and learn how to conduce future training in their own regions.

More information about this program an be found HERE.


This special program is sponsored by the California State Library and funded by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act.

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