Building an Emergency Plan A Guide for Museums and Other by Valerie Dorge, Sharon Jones

By Valerie Dorge, Sharon Jones

In case of earthquake, floods, or human-caused emergencies equivalent to fires, how does a cultural establishment safeguard the folk on web site, its collections, and the premises from damage? Building an Emergency Plan presents a step by step consultant cultural establishment can persist with to improve its personal emergency preparedness and reaction approach.

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Do you ? cultivate their interest in your institution? • Have you met the regional and state disaster officials? Have they toured the institution? Do they know what is in the collection? Are they aware of your interest in emergency preparedness? • Are there any relevant regional, state, or national boards, task forces, or committees that you should join? • Can you realistically handle media inquiries during an emergency? During the recovery phase? In what situations would the media outreach be more effective with your name and face attached to the message?

Chapter 1: Introduction to Emergency Preparedness Comprehensive plans and procedures have been developed for the museum’s various departments, and responsibilities have been divided among teams. For example, in the curatorial, exhibition, and interpretive departments, Team A handles formal exhibits, the registrar’s office, and all storage areas; Team B is responsible for village exhibits; Team C is in charge of communication among the departments; and Team D is responsible for the interpretive and program areas.

One of the major staff costs for the Seattle Art Museum is the inclusion of all security staff in training activities, including the overtime costs for those members on weekend shifts to participate in weekday training sessions and the costs of repeat sessions to accommodate various shifts. The annual budget should include maintaining response equipment and supplies. At the Mystic Seaport Museum, each department is responsible for including these costs in their annual department budget. However, unless an emergency situation occurs during the year to deplete supplies, maintenance costs should be minimal.

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