Emergency Management for Archivists

This course has been retired.
Certificate Eligibility: 
10 ARC, 1.5 CEU
2 days
Max Attendees: 

When it comes to disaster planning, the question is not if a disaster will strike, but when. Preparation for and response to disasters is among the most important things that archivists can do to safeguard their collections, but it's one that is often postponed due to other competing priorities. Disaster preparedness involves more than just writing a disaster plan; the plan must be updated and read, and communication with colleagues and first responders is essential.


In this workshop you are introduced to the basics of emergency management for archivists. You’ll discuss the four phases of a disaster (mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery), as well as how to conduct a risk assessment, write a disaster plan, prioritize collections, and sustain preparedness. In addition to theoretical planning, you’ll have the opportunity to gain hands-on skills in analyzing and mitigating risks by conducting an on-site assessment during a walk-through of the hosting institution. The practical tips and tools you’ll discuss will help you get started so you won’t be caught unaware when disaster strikes.

Learning Outcomes: 
Identify the four phases of emergency management
Specify how you can mitigate risks associated with your collections
Conduct a basic risk assessment and write a disaster plan
Ascertain priority items in your collection
Establish relationships with emergency managers and first responders
Help educate your co-workers about the importance of emergency management
Who Should Attend: 

Archivists, curators, librarians, and others who are responsible for collections

“I enjoyed the sections on connecting with first responders, building a cooperative disaster network, and touring the Butler Center with the Disaster Prevention Checklist. The recommended supply list clearly shows how the supplies would be used for personal protection, salvage, or communications. We talked about using the Emergency Pocket Response Plan in our staff meeting today. Thank you again for helping us be more aware and better prepared!”
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