Creating an Emergency Preparedness and Response Plan for Collections

October 17, 2010, Portland, OR

The AAM reviews emergency and disaster plans as part of the accreditation process and specifies that plans need to address staff, visitors, structures, and collections; however the Heritage Health Index determined that 80% of collecting institutions do not have an emergency or disaster plan that includes collections, including how to prevent and prepare for an emergency, and the components of a comprehensive response and recovery plan. Handouts are provided to assist participants in drafting a tailored Emergency Preparedness and Response Plan for their museum.