Resources for Alaska Museums
COVID-19 (the coronavirus) is on the minds of many. This is a good time to review your museum's emergency protocols and discuss your response plan with staff and board members.
Here are some pointers:
- Review the Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019, prepared by the Center for Disease Control.
- Make sure your janitorial and personal hygiene practices are more than adequate. This is a good time to put hand washing reminders in your bathrooms and review your front-of-house cleaning protocols.
- Stay informed about the spread of COVID-19 through state and local channels.
- Refer to your local government’s emergency operating plan to understand how emergency response occurs in your community. Your local government might have an annex to the emergency plan that covers influenza/ infectious disease/ pandemics.
- Determine what would trigger your institution to close. You could base this on the local school district closing, local or state government recommendations, or some internal staff capacity measure.
- Review or create a Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP). If you don’t have one already, the US National Library of Medicine created a quick tutorial to create a one-page COOP. This simplified COOP contains information on how an institution notifies staff and the public when closed during regularly scheduled hours. This is useful for events like snow days, in addition to larger emergencies.
- Review your personnel and pay policies, keeping in mind what employees can expect if there is an extended closure due to an emergency.