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Protecting the Past- RI Training Programs

When Cultural Heritage meets Emergency Management: A Whole Community Approach

Incorporating FEMA’s “Whole Community Approach” and building on “Coordinated Statewide Emergency Preparedness” (COSTEP), a model for training developed in Massachusetts, Protecting the Past - RI offers opportunities for the members of the cultural heritage community to meet local first responders and state emergency managers. The program is an afternoon of face-to-face conversation about how cultural heritage institutions fit into the plans and priorities of local and statewide emergency response. A total of five unique sessions will be held in various parts of the state. The first session was held in Newport in May 2010.
Why do this? A disaster, whether small or region-wide, can affect safety, collections, and even the ability to operate — making it essential for first responders and the cultural heritage population to understand each others languages and priorities.

  1. March 19, 2012 - Blackstone Valley
    JHC Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor Commission HQ, Woonsocket
  2. May 15, 2012 - The Towers, Narragansett
  3. October 10, 2012 - Culinary Arts Museum at Johnson & Wales University, Providence.
  4. October 22, 2012 - Linden Place, Bristol

We encourage participation in the region in which your organization is located. Contact Theresa Woodmansee to register.

Insurance Primer for Libraries and Cultural Institutions

Thursday, October 10, 2013
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Presenter: Kevin Carvalho, Risk Manager, State of Rhode Island
Full Description

Intended Audience: Directors, facilities managers, preservation specialists, collection managers, registrars, and other staff from libraries, museums, archives, and historical and preservation societies, as well as other institutions that are part of RI's cultural heritage community. Individuals from volunteer run organizations are welcome to register.

Tabletop Exercises using disaster plans

In a tabletop exercise, simulated emergency situations are presented and, in a low-stress and informal environment, participants use their disaster plan to resolve problems and issues. We encourage you to register for the program with a partner from your institution, but single trainees are accepted. Bring a completed disaster plan or one that is currently being updated. (use RI.dPlan or any other disaster plan)

Final session
Monday, December 09, 2013
9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
RI Economic Development Corporation, 315 Iron Horse Way, Providence

Questions? Contact Theresa Woodmansee.

Disaster Response Planning and Preparation

Specifically designed to train those responsible for cultural heritage materials, this workshop defines key elements in preparing for a disaster. Learn what the threats are to collections and how to mitigate them. Exercises and a case study help participants pull together the plan. The program is presented by nationally certified conservators.
After the workshop you will know:

  • How to cooperate with first responders
  • How to assess the incident and plan reentry to your site
  • How to organize your team and communication plan
If you have a disaster plan, review it before the program. Or start a plan by signing up for “Create a disaster plan with RI.dPlan.”  To get hands-on training in disaster recovery, register for Part II “Response and Triage of Wet Materials.”

Intended Audience: Staff and volunteers from cultural heritage organizations of all sizes such as museums, historical and preservation societies, libraries, archives, municipal records offices, armories, and similar institutions.

Classes have concluded.

Disaster Response and Triage of Wet Materials: Hands-on Practice

The class is an opportunity to work with certified conservators to see what happens to books, documents, photographs, textiles, furniture, porcelain, digital media, and other non-paper collection items when they are exposed to water and other hazardous materials. Most importantly, participants will know what to do if it happens to their collections! The workshop combines lecture on response techniques with an interactive team assessment activity and familiarizes participants with the various strategies employed for different media.

Intended audience: Staff and volunteers from cultural heritage organizations of all sizes such as museums, historical and preservation societies, libraries, archives, municipal records offices, armories, and similar institutions.

Final session
Monday, September 30, 2013
9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Newport Public Library

Questions? Contact Theresa Woodmansee.

Programs are offered by the RI Office of Library and Information Services as part of the Protecting the Past - RI, a Institute of Museum and Library Services grant funded project.

Questions? Contact: Theresa Woodmansee, Project Manager. (401) 253-1691 or Donna Longo DiMichele, Project Director.