What if your museum/historic site looked like this when you got there this morning:

Wynnewood in Castilian Springs, TN after tornado damage

Wynnewood in Castilian Springs, TN after tornado damage

Or this:

New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina

New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina

Or this:

Fire! Smoke damage! Water damage, oh MY!

Fire! Smoke damage! Water damage, oh MY!

Or what if some person came in and did this to your most prized collections items?

Vandalism!

Vandalism!

Would you have a plan?  Would your staff know how to react?  What if you couldn’t get to your site? What if you director was out of town or unable to come to the site?

Today is May Day for museums and historic sites, and the goal is for people to do at least one thing towards disaster preparedness.  This could mean reviewing an existing disaster plan, putting together emergency kits, meeting with local fire and police officials, or starting to write out that disaster plan.

The TN Association of Museums hosted several workshops across the state today to discuss these issues.

Here are several resources to get you started:

D-Plan – FREE Disaster planning software

Pocket Response Plan (Prep) from Lyrasis – important info, always on hand in your wallet

Resources from AASLH

Resources from Smithsonian

Resources from Heritage Preservation

Do you have any experiences with disaster preparedness or UNpreparedness?  Stories of triumph or horror?

 

 

 

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