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Protecting Collections: Disaster Prevention, Planning, & Response - Part I (Providence, RI)

Presented by: CCAHA

One of the most important steps a cultural institution can take to safeguard its collections is to be prepared in the event of an emergency or disaster. This two-part program will guide participants in risk mitigation, emergency planning and preparedness, response, and recovery.

The two sessions are scheduled several weeks apart, in order to give attendees time to undertake several planning assignments. Participants will be asked to prepare a short assignment prior to the program and additional assignments between the sessions.

By the end of the second session, participants will:

  • Develop and complete an emergency preparedness and response plan.
  • Learn how to train staff to implement the plan effectively.
  • Set pre- and post-disaster action priorities for collections.
  • Learn how to use practical decision making skills during an emergency or disaster.
  • Have information on salvaging a variety of materials including books, documents, photos, and objects. 

This program is intended for administrators and staff responsible for emergency preparedness, response, and decision-making in cultural institutions. By registering for the program, the institution commits to supporting the attendee(s) to achieve the program’s disaster preparedness goals.

Location: Museum of Art Rhode Island School of Design


Dyani Feige, Director of Preservation Services, CCAHA

Jessica Keister, Paper and Photograph Conservator, CCAHA

Dates: May 14 & June 25, 2015


8:30am – 9:00am Registration & Refreshments

9:00am – 4:30pm Program


$140 CCAHA members

$165 Non-members

For more information and to register, click here!

Funding for this program was provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities,with additional funding from The Pew Charitable Trusts.