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California Train the Trainer Program

County-Wide Course on Emergency Preparedness

Train the Trainer Program 

Overview

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. 

One component of this training is a five-month course on Emergency Preparedness for cultural and historic resource organizations that will be presented in four California counties: Sonoma, San Mateo, Ventura, and San Bernardino

Train the Trainer Program

NEDCC can accept up to four trainees in a train the trainer program that accompanies the county-wide emergency preparedness courses. We seek trainees representative of the demographic, geographic, and institutional diversity in California and who have experience with both teaching/instruction and emergency preparedness. To control travel costs, trainees will be grouped into two pairs, the “northern trainees” and the “southern trainees.” Each trainee will be paid for time and travel (see “Remuneration” below). 

Applicants

Applicants must commit to attending all program components (see below). To be considered, fill out this form. Applications will be reviewed as they are received, beginning March 5, 2020. 

Expectations

Each trainee will receive information and guidance about training strategies and planning with an eye to leading or co-leading emergency preparedness trainings in the future. Trainees will complete advance reading assignments, serve as a Workshop Assistant for two half-day meetings and four full-day workshops, and participate in four one-hour conference calls or video meetings with instructors and the trainee cohort. 

Content

A summary of the meeting and workshop content follows:

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

Remuneration

Each trainee will be remunerated a total of $2,640 for serving as a workshop assistant at two meetings and four workshops. Funding is available to reimburse an average of $3,360 of documented travel expenses for each trainee over the duration of the project. 

Schedule

The expected timeline is below. The program webpage will be updated with specific dates and locations as venues are reserved.

 


Month 1
 
Trainees selected. Trainees make their own travel arrangements (or work with NEDCC’s travel agency if requested) for Orientation Meetings.


Months 1-2
 
Trainees complete advance reading assignments provided by NEDCC and participate in the first of four one-hour conference calls or video meetings with the instructors and trainee cohort.


Month 2

 


Trip #1: trainees serve as Workshop Assistants for two half-day orientation meetings.


Month 3
 
Trainees attend three two-hour webinars on foundational emergency preparedness topics. Recordings will be available.


Month 4
 
Second of four conference calls with trainee cohort.


Months 4-5

 


Trip #2: trainees serve as Workshop Assistants for two one-day, hands-on collections salvage workshops.


Months 5-6

 


Third of four conference calls with trainee cohort.
Trip #3: trainees serve as Workshop Assistants for two one-day disaster plan stress test workshops.


Month 6
 
Deadline for trainees to submit travel receipts for reimbursement. Trainees contribute to NEDCC’s summary report as requested. Fourth of four conference calls with trainee cohort.

 

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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