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The ARCS’ Emergency Programming Sub-Committee presents the “Emergency Supply Program Development Manual”; a comprehensive resource for those seeking to improve, update, or develop an emergency supply program. This document encourages emergency supply stores as a cost-effective preparedness measure against collections emergencies.

Emergency Supply Program Development Manual


Planning for the Unexpected: Daily Challenges to Collections Emergencies

July 29, 2020

Identifying and planning for hazards to collections is often done through the risk assessment process. However, we have seen the culmination of a pandemic, protests, weather emergencies, and more affect museums and cultural sites. These crises have prompted changes in emergency planning or the additions of new sections into our Preparedness and Response Plans.

Join the ARCS Emergency Sub-Committee and industry experts as they discussed adapting to the ever growing list of collection challenges and emergencies, embracing the fundamentals of planning for emergencies, all-hazard procedures, understanding scenario-based risk assessments, working within your existing plan, and adjusting to evolving industry standards. We also heard case studies from those who have successfully adapted their emergency plans to the current hazards and risks affecting museums and cultural sites.

Continuity of Operations Planning (COOP) Live Panel Discussion

May 14, 2020

To view a list of resources on COOP: ARCS COOP Resources

Continuity of Operations Planning (COOP) addresses how critical operations will continue under a broad range of circumstances. COOP is important as a good business practice, and cultural institutions would benefit greatly from having a document that establishes policy and guidance for ensuring that critical functions continue even during a crisis. Often this type of planning is neglected in other emergency planning initiatives. However, the shut down due to COVID-19 has shown just how valuable this document can be for your institution.

Please join the ARCS Emergency Sub-Committee and industry experts to discuss how collections managers and registrars should and can play an integral part in creating a COOP for their institutions. Areas of discussion will include how to be an advocate for your collections and their care during a long-term closure, how to effectively communicate with essential staff as they assist with collections duties such as environmental monitoring and pest management, and how to talk to lenders and insurers about the care of the collection while not onsite.

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