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Preparing Alaska's Cultural Organizations for Emergencies Course

A training program especially designed for staff at collecting institutions in Alaska

Module 6

Learning Outcomes

  • Know what personal protective equipment and emergency supplies are needed to safely and effectively respond to an emergency;
  • Understand that you need a dedicated place for emergency supplies and assigned responsibility for their inventory and replenishment;
  • Learn several ways to gather, store and build a supply cache;
  • Learn ways to collaborate with other institutions in sharing and storing emergency supplies- mutual aid agreements, regional supply depots- through partnerships and relationships.

Module Introduction



  • Read the ARCS Emergency Supply Program Development Manual.
  • Develop an emergency supply and PPE list for your institutional needs. 
  • Decide how and where you will store your supply and PPE caches. Put supply caches in practical locations throughout your facility; sign the areas and mark these on a floor plan.
  • Inventory emergency supplies and PPE on hand and create a list of needed supplies.
  • Create a floorplan that contains:
    • Emergency Supplies/PPE, First Aid; AED, chemical flush stations, chemical data sheets


  • Discuss with other cultural institutions in your town/region about the possibility of sharing emergency supplies and/or caches.
  • Assign on-going responsibility for monitoring and maintaining supply caches. This should eventually be written into a job description.
  • Determine how and when these supplies will be ordered and who will be responsible.
  • Download the Emergency Response Guide (ERG 2020) on you cell phone and learn how to use it for reference to hazardous materials response. (See module introduction and the last section of Jared Woody’s webinar.)