Preparing Alaska's Cultural Organizations for Emergencies (PACO) was a two-year training program offered by the Division of Libraries, Archives and Museums from 2020-2022. PACO program participants enrolled in a 4 month online course, were assigned an emergency planning coach who assisted with the development of institutional preparedness and response plans, and took part in a three-day workshop on collections emergency response and salvage.
This course website is the modified version of what was taught three times in 2020-2021. The original PACO course included bi-weekly class discussions, bi-weekly office hours, and scheduled meetings with planning coaches. It also included forms and templates for participants to modify for use in their own plans. These have been removed due to maintenance and accessibility concerns. Other aspects of the course have been modified to improve the experience of those who advance through the course independently.
We hope that this course and content continue to serve heritage stewards in Alaska and beyond.