FREE disaster preparedness workshop, Sept. 16, University Place, WA

Register for this asap as the first workshop is September 16.

Western States and Territories Preservation Assistance Service (WESTPAS)

Protecting Cultural Collections: Prevention, Preparedness, Response &

This free workshop is presented in 2-parts to help participants produce the following outcomes for institutional disaster preparedness.

       * Complete a disaster plan by the end of Part 2.

       * Learn how to train staff to implement your plan effectively.

       * Set pre- and post-disaster action priorities for your

       * Learn how to use practical decision-making skills during an

       * Experience salvage procedures for books, documents, and
               non-print media.
Location:       University Place, Washington

               Part 1: Friday, September 16, 2011, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
               Part 2: Friday, October 14, 2011, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

               University Place Library Room 1
               3609 Market Place W., University Place, WA 98466

This training is supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. It is part of a coordinated regional approach to raising awareness about disaster planning for collecting institutions throughout the Western United States. This 2-part training is free to participants. More than one person per institution is welcome to attend. Pre-registration is required. The workshop is co-sponsored by the Seattle Heritage Emergency Response Network (SHERN).

Workshop Instructor

Gary Menges, Preservation Administrator, University of Washington Libraries

Course of Study

The workshop’s two parts are scheduled several weeks apart. Participants
will prepare short assignments prior to the first session. Between sessions,
they will undertake additional assignments resulting in a completed disaster
plan at the end of Part 2. Upon completion, the institution will be invited
to join the informal network of WESTPAS trained personnel to receive 24/7
emergency assistance within the region.

Who Should Attend?

Administrators and staff responsible for decision-making in all types of libraries, archives, libraries, museums, historical societies, and city and county record offices. By registering for the workshop, institutions commit to supporting their attendee(s) in completing a disaster plan that focuses on collections. The institution is encouraged to send two attendees to be able to work together on the disaster preparedness activities.


There is no charge to the institution. Funding has been provided by the
National Endowment for the Humanities.


Pre-registration is required. Register online at: Advance the calendar to September and click on September 16 University Park and complete your registration. If you find you need further registration assistance, please contact: Wendy Cao <>.

Further Information about the workshop will be sent in a separate email message to registrants a couple of weeks before the first workshop. For questions related to the workshop, please contact Gary Menges

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