[Libs-Or] Free Disaster Preparedness Training

Kristen Kern kernk at pdx.edu
Fri Feb 26 12:01:19 PST 2016

Testing Your Disaster Plan & Furthering Collaboration Among Heritage
Institutions To Improve Disaster Preparedness for Collections

Portland, Oregon, Friday, April 8, 2016, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

The Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park, Ave., Portland, Oregon

 Sponsored by Western States & Territories Preservation Assistance Service (

 Workshop instructor: Kris Kern, Fine and Performing Arts Librarian,
Portland State University


Okay, now you have a disaster plan, but do you know how well it will work
in a real disaster situation? It's better to find answers now than after a
disaster has occurred! Attend this workshop to help heritage institutions -
libraries, archives, museums, historical societies, etc. - improve disaster
preparedness and response for collections.


* Help you assess your vulnerabilities
* Test your plan using a scenario table top exercise
* Explore how collaborations can help you respond to a disaster
* Build a shared vision for disaster preparedness


When possible, send 2-3 participants from your library/archive/museum to
work together on disaster preparedness activities:
    * Staff member(s) responsible for emergency preparedness
    * Administrator and/or manager responsible for the
    * Key members of the emergency/disaster team responsible for

Please plan to attend the workshop and encourage colleagues at nearby
institutions to do the same.  Together you can enhance disaster
preparedness in your area!


    * A written disaster plan that includes collections response/recovery.
Don’t worry about

       having the perfect plan – the table top exercise will provide a
chance to discover gaps

    * A letter of institutional commitment to explore collaboration to
        optimize preparedness
    * A completed 3-page vulnerability assessment (distributed 3 weeks
before workshop)

COST:    No fee; just your time, energy, and institutional commitment.
Funding provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities

REGISTRATION:     Pre-registration required. To register go to
http://tiny.cc/ZePOL and click on the workshop date: April 8.

For registration assistance contact: Alexandra Gingerich
gingerich at plsinfo.org
For general & content information contact:  Kris Kern <kernk at pdx.edu>
<kernk at pdx.edu>

Kristen Kern
Fine and Performing Arts Librarian
Portland State Library
kernk at pdx.edu
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