Posted by: kansaschern | April 5, 2011

MayDay 2011!

Join other cultural heritage institutions across Kansas and the nation by participating in MayDay 2011, a national effort to protect collections from disasters. MayDay encourages culture heritage organizations to take one simple step during the month of May to protect the art, artifacts, records, and historic sites they hold in trust.

We can all agree that emergency preparedness is an important topic. However, frustration and difficulty can arise when considering how to get started, move forward or stay on track.

Here are some suggestions!

Get Started

  • Become familiar with this website, which has resources for before and after a disaster.
  • If you do not have a disaster plan, make a timeline for developing one.
  • Update your staff contact information and create a wallet-size version of your emergency contact roster. See the Kansas Pocket Response Plan template.
  • Conduct a building evacuation drill and evaluate the results.
  • Check out these other great MayDay sites to help get you started!

Heritage Preservation

Society of American Archivists

Move Forward

  • If you have a disaster plan, dust it off and bring it up to date.
  • Eliminate hazards such as boxes and furniture in hallways, blocked fire exits, or improper storage of paints and solvents.
  • Identify the three biggest risks to your collection or building (such as leaking water pipe, heavy snow, or power failure) and outline steps to mitigate them.

Stay on Track

  • Join forces with nearby institutions and develop a protocol for helping each other in case of a disaster. Check out this website’s  “Regions” or “Council members” tab to find other institutions involved in these efforts in your region.
  • Get to know your local firefighters and police. Invite them to tour your institution and give you pointers on safety and preparedness.

We wish you a happy (and productive) MayDay!

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