[This blog post comes from a Western Office and Dept. of Cultural Resources press release – you can find other news related to NC Cultural Resources here.]
Emergency & Disaster Preparedness Workshop
October 3, 2011
9:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Western Office – NC Department of Cultural Resources
The North Carolina Connecting to Collections Project (C2C) and Friends of Mountain History will be hosting an Emergency & Disaster Preparedness workshop at the Western Office of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources in Asheville on Monday October 3 for staff, board members, and volunteers who are interested in preserving and protecting their cultural heritage when faced with emergency situations. The workshop will be led by Matthew Hunt, C2C’s Disaster Preparedness Coordinator.
Disasters come in many forms—Natural, Human-generated, Intentional, and Unintentional—and all are capable of causing significant property damage. Through this workshop cultural institutions will gain the tools and training needed to start their own disaster planning and response preparations. All organizations will face a disaster of some scale one day, and our success after it will depend on our preparation for it. This workshop will cover the importance of planning for emergency situations, the elements of a disaster plan and why we need to test existing plans. The workshop does include a hands-on exercise, so participates are encouraged to dress accordingly.
The workshop will open with an information session about C2C, NC ECHO, and Friends of Mountain History; questions, feedback, and networking are encouraged. Participants in the C2C sessions have a unique opportunity to help improve how cultural heritage institutions (museums, archives, libraries, and historic sites) care for a wide variety of artifacts, books, papers, and other objects of our state’s cultural past. Additional workshops on collections conservation care and disaster preparedness will be offered in the future.
The North Carolina Connecting to Collections Project is an IMLS grant-funded initiative aimed at helping institutions better care for their collections. A variety of partner organizations have made this project possible: Federation of NC Historical Societies, NC Museums Council, NC Preservation Consortium, State Historic Records Advisory Board, and the Society of NC Archivists.
The training is free, but limited to the first 30 registrants. To register, please follow this link:
For more information, call Michelle Vaughn at 919-807-7422 of Jeff Futch at (828) 296-2730 ext. 222