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Disaster Planning Distilled: Practical Training Distilled
November 3-4, 2023
Filson Historical Society
The first week in May in Louisville is a celebration with ringing in the Kentucky Derby. But this celebration of horses and bourbon also coincides with Preservation Week and MayDay. MayDay is a time when archivists and other cultural heritage professionals take personal and professional responsibility for doing something simple—something that can be accomplished in a day but that can have a significant impact on an individual’s or a repository’s ability to respond. Kentucky in the past two years has experienced two major weather events that impacted archives of several repositories. In light of the upward trend of significant weather events causing disasters for repositories, the MAC Symposium wishes to provide practical disaster response training with the “Disaster Planning Distilled: Practical Training Distilled.”
Over the course of 1.5 days, participants will have a chance to get hands-on training in salvage and disaster response while also hearing from colleagues who have experienced and responded to disasters in archival and cultural heritage organizations. Participants will have the opportunity to work in teams in a hands-on recovery of wet materials. Papers, books, photographs, textiles, and objects will all be included in the salvage exercise. The experience will allow experimentation and observation through disaster scenarios of the ways different media are damaged, and to gain an understanding of how to organize and react to an actual disaster. This will be a physically active exercise and participants should dress comfortably to move around and be prepared to get dirty!