Register now for Emergency & Disaster Preparedness Workshop

Conservation ConneCTion is partnering with the Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) to present the Connecting to Collections Workshop Series: Emergency & Disaster Preparedness Workshop, which will give cultural institutions the tools and training for disaster planning and response.  This three-part workshop series, led by NEDCC preservation services staff, is designed for staff and volunteers at museums, historical societies, libraries, and archives.  This workshop series is funded through an Institute of Museum and Library Services Connecting to Collection’s implementation grant.


The Workshop series is presented in three parts.  The first begins this July/August with Part I: Disaster Planning with dPlan™ Lite.  The workshop includes a presentation on disaster planning and hands-on training using NEDCC’s online disaster-planning template, dPlan™ Lite.  Participants will begin work on their disaster plans in an uninterrupted environment where they can ask questions while they become comfortable with the software.  Participants can choose from one of the following four days,  July 27 or 28, 2010 at the Willimantic Library Service Center or August 10 or 11, 2010 Middletown Library Service Center. 


Part II: Disaster Response & Recovery, is a two-day workshop.  Day One will provide a review of disaster planning and prevention, disaster response, drying techniques, setting priorities, and documentation.  Day Two will cover salvage priorities and a demonstration/participation in a wet-salvage exercise recovering materials commonly found in libraries, archives, and museums.  Participants can choose to attend at one of two sites, March 28-29, 2011at the Barnum Museum in Bridgeport or April 11-12, 2011at the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme.


Part III: On-site Disaster Response Training is the final part of the workshop series.  All participants will receive a site visit from a NEDCC preservation services representative who will provide a half-day of training to the museum or library staff on using their disaster plan.


What you get –


Participants will learn about disaster planning, receive instruction on how to complete dPlan™ Lite from NEDCC staff, receive hands-on training in disaster response and recovery, receive a free site visit from NEDCC staff who will conduct a half-day training session on carrying out their disaster plan, and receive resource materials including a CD-ROM of information on disaster preparedness and recovery.


What you need to do –


Participants must attend Parts I, II, and III and register for and complete dPlan™ Lite.


How to get started –


Sign up for Part I and you will receive registration material for the other programs 2 months in advance.

• Join us on either July 27th or 28th at the Willimantic Library Service Center or August 10th or 11th at the Middletown Library Service Center (all programs are identical, select the date and location most convenient to you).

• Participants may use computers provided or bring their own Laptops (please let us know if you will be bringing a laptop).

• All participants will receive an emailed packet of information that will outline what information about their site they need to bring to begin filling out dPlan™ Lite at the workshop.

• Sites are encouraged to send more than one person to Part I of the workshop series.


For more information, directions and to print out a registration form please visit us online at or email Kathy Craughwell-Varda, Project Manager for Conservation ConneCTion at





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