FLICC Meeting Announcement MA2001-15 Disaster Mitigation for Cultural Collections Disaster mitigation should play a role in any institution's emergency preparedness and planning efforts. The Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts (CCAHA)'s Disaster Mitigation Workshop Series is designed to help institutions reduce the probability of emergencies they can control, and limit the damage to collections that results from disasters they cannot control. This series will provide tools for assessing an institution's vulnerability to disaster, evaluating fire prevention and suppression strategies, and discussing health and safety factors related to disaster. Take one, two, or all three workshops. See details and descriptions below. Dates Monday, May 14, 2001 Tuesday, May 15, 2001 Wednesday, May 16, 2001 Time 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (Registration begins at 9:00 a.m.) Place The Society of the Cincinnati Headquarters Library and Museum at Anderson House 2118 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., Washington D.C. 20008 (202) 785-2040 Metro Dupont Circle (Red Line) Sponsors Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts (CCAHA) in cooperation with the FLICC Preservation and Binding Working Group Registration CCAHA or FLICC/FEDLINK members: $50 each day Non-members: $60 each day (includes a morning continental breakfast and mid-afternoon snack) Call the FLICC Office to register at (202) 707-4800 or visit the FLICC Educational Programs Web site at http://lcweb.loc.gov/flicc/mmeduc.html to register online. Limited enrollment. Registration Deadline: May 7, 2001 For registration information call Anna Bohlin (202) 707-4822. ADA accommodations will be provided if requested five (5) business days in advance. Please contact (202) 707-4800 or [log in to unmask] Information Call FLICC (202) 707-4800. TTY (202) 707- 4995 Cancellations Cancellations must be called into the FLICC office (202-707-4800) 48 hours prior to the start of an educational program or the full fee will be charged. Who should attend... The workshops are intended for those involved in collections care activities or have responsibility for the safety of collections such as librarians, archivists, curators, collections managers, stewards of historic house museums, site and facilities managers, and security and safety staff. Although attending the entire series is not required, each workshop supports your institution's vulnerability assessment process and will strengthen its ability to minimize potential dangers to collections and staff. WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS Be Prepared...Conducting a Vulnerability Assessment May 14, 2001 In this workshop, participants will learn how to conduct a vulnerability analysis and risk assessment so that they will be able to evaluate the types of emergencies that might affect their institution and its collections. This evaluation will help the institution develop effective strategies to minimize the likelihood of a disaster. The workshop speakers will also touch on the importance of business continuity for cultural institutions. A crisis communications expert will address public relations strategies for emergency situations. Speakers: *Michael Trinkley, Chicora Foundation, Inc. *Michael Smith, Assistant Professor, Department of Communication, LaSalle University Be Prepared...Fire Protection and Suppression May 15, 2001 Critical to the selection of an appropriate fire protection and suppression system is the assessment and analysis of the hazards and risks faced by a collection. This workshop will focus on the need to review current fire protection procedures and systems in historic and cultural institutions. The goal of the workshop will be to equip participants with up-to-date information to make informed decisions on fire prevention and suppression. Speakers: *J. Andrew Wilson, Assistant Director for Fire Protection and Safety, Smithsonian Institution *Nicholas Artim, Director, Fire Safety Network Be Prepared...Assessing Health and Safety Risks May 16, 2001 This workshop will alert participants to the health and safety risks present at the time of an emergency, including air quality, fire safety, electrical hazards, structural instability, chemical and biological hazards (mold, lead, asbestos, contaminated water and soil), pests, and those hazards inherent in collections themselves (arsenic, formaldehyde). The workshop will also address the psychological stresses faced by those in an emergency and the health and safety issues faced at the time of collection acquisition. Speakers: *Monona Rossol, President, Arts, Crafts, and Theater Safety, Inc. (ACTS) *Pam Hackbart-Dean, Southern Labor Archivist, Georgia State University *Katherine K. Dibble, Director of Public Services, Boston Public Library Support and Sponsorship: The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), The Pew Charitable Trusts, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) have provided subsidies for these workshops. Co-sponsors are Chesapeake Information and Research Library Alliance (CIRLA); Federal Library and Information Center Committee, Library of Congress (FLICC); Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums (MAAM); the Society of the Cincinnati; Special Libraries Association-Washington, DC Chapter; and Washington Conservation Guild.