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Building an Emergency Plan
Building an Emergency Plan
A Guide for Museums and Other Cultural Institutions
Compiled by Valerie Dorge and Sharon Jones

Getty Conservation Institute
280 pages, 8 1/2 x 11 inches
10 b/w illustrations, 7 tables
ISBN 978-0-89236-551-7
paper, Out of Print  

"A practical guide that walks the users, step by step, through their respective responsibilities. Will help each of us to prepare for the worst and show us how best to persuade others in our institutions to cooperate in periodically updating a plan."
Art Libraries Journal


When an emergency strikes, is your cultural institution prepared to protect the people on site, the premises, and its collections from harm? Building an Emergency Plan provides a step-by-step guide that a cultural institution can follow to develop its own emergency preparedness and response strategy.

This workbook is divided into three parts that address the three groups generally responsible for developing and implementing emergency procedures-institution directors, emergency preparedness managers, and departmental team leaders—and discuss the role each should play in devising and maintaining an effective emergency plan. Several chapters detail the practical aspects of communication, training, and forming teams to handle the safety of staff and visitors, collections, buildings, and records.

Emergencies covered include natural events such as earthquakes or floods, as well as human-caused emergencies, such as fires that occur during renovation. Examples from the Barbados Museum and Historical Society; Museo de Arte Popular Americano, Chile; Mystic Seaport Museum, Connecticut; and Seattle Art Museum show how cultural institutions have prepared for emergencies relevant to their sites, collections, and regions.

Conservator Valerie Dorge is project specialist, Conservation Group, at the Getty Conservation Institute. Sharon Jones is a technologist and a former journalist based in San Diego.

This title is out of print. Please look for it at your local library or used bookstores.

A free full-text PDF is available.

Related Getty Conservation Institute projects: Museums Emergency Program

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