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Hands-On Workshops for Emergency Preparedness and Response in California and the Gulf Coast

Join cultural heritage organizations, emergency management personnel, and government departments in Alabama, California, and Florida for a hands-on workshop on emergency preparedness and response!


Four low-cost workshops, funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, will be presented in areas with an ongoing need for hands-on disaster training. 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 water emergencies, focusing on 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.   

2025 Workshop Dates and Locations 

Workshops will be held in the following locations. All dates are in 2025 and listed in the order they are scheduled.

Northern California
Tuesday, March 4, 2025
at the Turtle Bay Exploration Park in Redding, CA
9:00am – 4:30pm

Central California
Thursday, March 6, 2025
at the Tulare County Museum in Visalia, CA
9:00am – 4:30pm

Tuesday, April 15, 2025
at the Mobile Museum of Art in Mobile, AL
9:00am – 4:30pm

Tuesday, May 13, 2025
at the Florida Holocaust Museum in St. Petersburg, FL
9:00am – 4:30pm


The fee for this program is $50 per person and includes supplies for hands-on wet salvage training. The fee is non-refundable, however, it can be transferred to another individual if needed. To register for a workshop, please click on the hyperlinked state where you are interested in attending and you will be taken to our registration page.

Advance registration is required. Registration fees are non-refundable, however, it can be transferred to another individual if needed.


Each workshop will be assigned two NEDCC Preservation Specialists to serve as instructors. Our Preservation Specialists provide consultations, training programs, assessments, and disaster advice to a variety of cultural heritage organizations nationwide. Instructor bios can be found at Preservation Services Staff.


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.