Effective Training for Disasters in the Museum World

Track
Collections Management
Start Day and Time
Tuesday May 9 10:30-11:45 a.m.
Venue and Meeting Room
264 America's Center
Description
Preparing for the worst at your museum can be a daunting and overwhelming task: colleagues tend to overlook it, few resources are at hand, and training and awareness-raising is done through the hard work of driven individuals. This session demonstrates that effective and challenging trainings can make a significant difference to the museum community and improve everyone's confidence in their ability to respond. Presentations by the Smithsonian and the Heritage Emergency National Task Force about recent trainings will summarize key points and lessons learned.
Learner Outcome
  1. Identify the strengths and weaknesses of an organization's ability to prepare for and respond to a disaster involving collections.
  2. Learn to create easy-to-understand documentation systems in the event of a disaster.
  3. Become proactive in improving disaster training within the organization.
Speakers
Presenter: 
Lori Foley
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Emergency Mgmt Specialist
Bio
Lori Foley is the administrator of the Heritage Emergency National Task Force (HENTF), a partnership of 42 national service organizations and federal agencies co-sponsored by FEMA and the Smithsonian Institution. Lori works with HENTF members and state cultural and emergency management agencies, coordinating response and recovery activities for cultural institutions following disasters, and preparedness activities during "peacetime."
Presenter: 
Rebecca Kennedy
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Preservation Specialist
Organization: 
National Postal Museum - Smithsonian Institution
Bio
Rebecca is a Preservation Specialist at the Smithsonian's National Postal Museum, working closely with conservators and collections managers on the long term care of the collection. She received her B.A. in History and Classical Studies from the University of Florida and her M.A. in Museum studies from The George Washington University. Recently, Rebecca completed ICCROM's intensive course on First Aid to Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis.
Presenter: 
Stacy Bowe
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
SCRI Training Coordinator
Organization: 
Smithsonian Institution - Office of The Secretary
Bio
Stacy Bowe is a Project Manager in the Smithsonian's Cultural Rescue Initiative and has helped coordinate two First Aid to Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis (FAC) trainings (2015 and 2016), in partnership with the Smithsonian and ICCROM. She previously was the Department Assistant in the Department of Conservation and Scientific Research at the Smithsonian's Freer|Sackler Gallery where she assisted conservators on several technical studies.