ARCS Emergency Webinar Series 2023


10/17/2023 2:00 PM–4:00 PM
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Collection Emergencies are a common occurrence at cultural institutions ranging in type, scope, and severity. Emergencies will continue to increase as climate changes, aging buildings, and reduced funds put a strain on our institutions. During this four-part workshop series, Registrars, Collection Specialists, and other Museum Professionals will be presented with in-depth training on collections emergency preparedness and response. 

Each session is taught by a cultural heritage professional who has experience in the area of emergency and preparedness. The topics have been specifically chosen to give you tools for moving forward in preparing for an emergency.


  • Stacy Bowe, Program Coordinator, Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative
  • Nicole Grabow, Conservator, Midwest Art Conservation Center
  • Kasey Lee, Conservator, BC HERN
  • Anisha Gupta, University of Delaware
  • Stephen J. Kelley, Stephen J. Kelley, Inc.
  • Trish Smith, Drayton Hall Preservation Trust
  • Cailin Meyer, National Museum of Natural History


Webinar One: Mitigation and Preparedness
September 5, 2023 2:00pm-4:00pm ET

  • Risk Management and Assessments: Cultural institutions should be comfortable and compliant at completing and interpreting risk assessments. A risk assessment should help the institution truly identify the risks to their collection, including historic structures. This training will cover risk assessment materials that provide a shortcut to assessing emergency risks for the specific purpose of emergency plan development. Instructor: Stephen J. Kelley

  • Emergency Planning and Emergency Kit: Planning for emergencies can often feel overwhelming for individuals and institutions. This section will provide information on assessing risk as a way to begin planning for emergencies as well as some simple steps to begin the process of comprehensive emergency planning. Instructor: Nicole Grabow

Webinar Two: Initial Response
September 19, 2023 2:00pm-4:00pm ET

  • Re-Entry and Safety: The urge to run into an emergency situation can be overwhelming. Setting up re-entry protocols and specific safety needs when working with collections ensure a safe work situation for people and collections. Learn about the health and safety risks common in collection emergencies and how to respond safely. Instructor: Stacy Bowe

  • Utilizing Damage Assessments: Damage assessments gather information to appropriately respond to an emergency. This training will focus on the different types of damage assessments and how to use that document to gather resources, build a team, and respond effectively. Instructor: Stacy Bowe

Webinar Three: Technical Response
October 3, 2023 2:00pm-4:00pm ET 

  • Evacuation and Working with Responders: A well organized evacuation can protect collections and ensure a faster recovery following an emergency. This training will explain the best evacuation techniques and give some case studies to better ensure understanding. This will be coupled with a brief discussion on working with Responders. Almost every emergency requires the assistance of some sort of responders, whether it is inside the institution, emergency first responders, or unlikely partners. The training will discuss how to identify these responders and what benefit they serve the institution. Instructor: Trish Smith

  • Emergency Documentation: Documenting the incident and object movement during an emergency can feel daunting. Learn tips, tricks, and techniques for continuing to document according to industry standards during an emergency and prevent dissociation. Instructor: Cailin Meyer

Webinar Four: Recovery & Resilience
October 17, 2023 2:00pm-4:00pm ET

  • Establishing Training Methods: Holding regular trainings at an institution builds confidence in staff as responders and improves technical skills. While training is an excellent form of preparedness it also offers opportunities for resilient recovery. This training will focus on what types of trainings are encouraged as well as how to execute them. Instructor: Kasey Lee, Conservator, BC HERN

  • Institutional Buy-in for Emergency Preparedness: While it seems natural that time, money, and capacity should be given to emergency preparedness, it is common to struggle with buy-in from administrators. Learn skills and strategies for building buy-in at your institution offering resiliency to a cultural institutions recovery and long-term mitigation. Instructor: Anisha Gupta, University of Delaware


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