Workshop – WESTPAS Protecting Cultural Collections: Disaster Prevention, Preparedness, Response & Recovery

Register now for this FREE workshop!

Sponsored by Western States & Territories Preservation Assistance Service (WESTPAS), Association of King County Heritage Organizations (AKCHO), Seattle Heritage Emergency Response Network (SHERN), and the University of Washington Libraries.

Protecting Cultural Collections: Disaster Prevention, Preparedness, Response & Recovery

Part 1:  ON-LINE WEBINARS – Prevention & Preparedness (archived 2½ hours total)

Part 2:  IN-PERSON WORKSHOP – Response & Recovery
Thursday, November 16 , 20179:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. – Odegaard Library, University of Washington, Seattle

The workshop is FREE. Participation in the in-person workshop requires viewing the archived Part 1 webinars BEFORE attending the Part 2 in-person workshop AND completing the workshop assignments. Any exception requires the permission of the instructor.

Instructor: Gary L Menges,  Librarian Emeritus, University of Washington, WESTPAS trainer

The “Protecting Cultural Collections” training is presented in a sequence of two archived webinars plus one in-person workshop to produce the following outcomes:

  • Complete a disaster response & collection salvage plan
  • Learn how to train staff to implement your plan effectively
  • Set pre- and post-disaster action priorities for your collections
  • Understand practical decision-making skills needed during an emergency
  • Experience salvage procedures for books, documents, photos & objects

The webinar sessions and the in-person workshop are scheduled to enable participants to prepare short assignments between sessions, resulting in a completed disaster plan. Participating institutions will be invited to join an informal network of WESTPAS trained personnel to provide mutual aid in the event of emergencies involving collections in your region.

Who should attend: Administrators and staff responsible for emergency preparedness, response and decision-making, in all types of cultural institutions.  By registering for the workshop, the institution commits to supporting the attendee(s) to achieve the workshop’s disaster preparedness goals. When possible, please commit two attendees so they can work together on the disaster preparedness activities.

Cost: No charge to the institution.

Funding provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Registration: Pre-registration required. Register online for the IN-PERSON session at:

Go to November 16th on the calendar and click on the date.

For registration assistance contact: Wendy Cao
For general & content information contact Gary Menges