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Alaska Division of Libraries, Archives, and Museums Receives Grant to Prepare Cultural Organizations for Emergencies

by Amy Carney on 2020-01-14T12:00:00-09:00 in Alaska State Museum, Archives, Libraries | Comments

Juneau - The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded the Division of Libraries, Archives, and Museums a grant to train cultural organizations across Alaska in emergency preparedness and response. The "Preparing Alaska's Cultural Organizations for Emergencies" project will help cultural organizations develop emergency plans and provide hands-on training in conducting risk assessments, evacuating collections, and salvaging artifacts and archival materials following a disaster.

"Many museums, libraries, and archival institutions were affected by the November 30, 2018 earthquake near Anchorage. This summer we watched as wildfires threatened communities across the state. It's clear that Alaska's collecting institutions need training to assess what risks they face and how to take care of Alaska's priceless heritage materials when disasters strike," said project director, Anjuli Grantham.

The training program will use a regional cohort model to build regional relationships among emergency managers, first responders, and staff and volunteers at cultural organizations. The program will begin in March, with the first training occurring in Juneau in the fall. Subsequent workshops will take place in Anchorage and Fairbanks.

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