Earthquakes, wildfires, eruptions, and water leaks-- disasters both great and small befall Alaska cultural organizations. Through the Preparing Alaska's Cultural Organizations for Emergencies (PACO) program, staff at collecting institutions across Alaska can access training and coaching resources that will enhance our disaster preparedness and resiliency.
From 2021-2022, LAM led a comprehensive emergency training program for three cohorts of participants. The training program included the following:
A four-month online course that guides participants through creating an institutional disaster plan.
A coach assigned to each participating institution who will provide additional support and mentoring to boost participant success.
A three day, hands-on workshop dedicated to disaster recovery conducted at a regional fire training center.
Thanks to a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, participation in the PACO program is free of charge for staff and/or key volunteers at cultural organizations. This includes travel to the workshop.
The PACO program taps into nationally-recognized emergency training programs like Finding Common Ground, connects with instructors and coaches experienced in disaster planning and response, and brings together a wide variety of collecting institutions and agencies so that together we can build the capacity of Alaska's cultural organizations to be prepared for and respond to emergencies.