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Free Workshop on Testing Your Disaster Plan & Furthering Collaboration Among Heritage Institutions to Improve Disaster Preparedness for Collections

Registration is open for this free workshop. Pre-registration required. Register online at:WESTPAS workshop:

Click on the workshop date on the calendar:

Las Cruces- May 30

Santa Fe- June 11

Albuquerque- June 13


Testing Your Disaster Plan & Furthering Collaboration Among Heritage Institutions To Improve Disaster Preparedness for Collections

Albuquerque: June 13, 2018 9:00a.m. – 4:00p.m, University of New Mexico, Zimmerman Library, Waters Room

Las Cruces: May 30, 2018 9:00a.m. – 4:00p.m. New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum Theater

Santa Fe: June 11, 2018, 10:00a.m. – 4:45 p.m. New Mexico State Library, Pinon Room

Sponsored by Western States & Territories Preservation Assistance Service


Workshop instructor: Gary Menges, Librarian Emeritus, University of Washington, WESTPAS trainer


Okay, now you have a disaster plan, but do you know how well it will work in  a real disaster situation? It’s better to find answers now than after a disaster has occurred! Attend this workshop to help heritage institutions – libraries, archives, museums, historical societies, etc. – improve disaster preparedness and response for collections.


  • Help you assess your vulnerabilities
  • Test your plan using a scenario table top exercise • Explore how collaborations can help you respond to a disaster • Build a shared vision for regional disaster preparedness



When possible, send 2-3 participants from your institution to work together on disaster preparedness activities:

  • Staff member(s) responsible for emergency preparedness • Administrator and/or manager responsible for the building/collection • Key members of the emergency/disaster team responsible fordecision-making

Please plan to attend the workshop and encourage colleagues at nearby institutions to do so. Together you can enhance disaster preparedness in your area!


  • A written disaster plan (draft okay) that includes collections response/recovery.
  • A letter of institutional commitment to explore collaboration to optimize preparedness • A completed 3-page vulnerability assessment (distributed 3weeks before workshop)

COST: This workshop is FREE, just your time, energy, and institutional commitment.

Funding provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

REGISTRATION: Pre-registration required. Register online at:WESTPAS workshop:

(Click on the appropriate workshop date on the calendar.)

For registration assistance contact:

For general & content information contact: Gary Menges

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