SHSI announces free Disaster Awareness Workshops

Topics: recovery plans, safeguard collections, emergency response

Posted by CC on February 27th, 2011 10:27 am

(DES MOINES) – The State Historical Society of Iowa today announced a series of free workshops designed to help museums, libraries and the public prepare disaster recovery plans, safeguard their collections and respond to emergencies.

FOCUS: Disaster Awareness Workshops will be offered in March and April in 12 Iowa communities for archivists, county recorders, genealogists, library staff, museum workers, volunteers and anyone who cares about preserving Iowa’s historical assets.

The workshops are sponsored by SHSI, Iowa Conservation & Preservation Consortium, Iowa Museum Association and the State Library of Iowa through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, a federal agency.

SHSI and its partners developed the workshops after recent surveys found:
– 24 percent of institutions do not have a collection inventory
– 50 percent do not have an Emergency Response Plan
– 55 percent of those that have an Emergency Response Plan would not be able to access it in the event of an emergency
– 56 percent are not aware of disaster recovery resources in Iowa

The FOCUS: Disaster Awareness Workshops schedule follows:
– March 7 (10 a.m.-Noon) – Iowa Masonic Library, 813 1st Ave SE, Cedar Rapids
– March 28 (10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.) – Drake Community Library, 930 Park Street, Grinnell
– April 4 (1-3 p.m.) – Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum – Gathering Room, 523 W. Water St., Decorah
– April 8 (10 a.m.-Noon) – Steamboat Bertrand Museum, Desoto National Wildlife Refuge, 1434 316th Lane, Missouri Valley
– April 8 (1-3 p.m.) – Clear Lake Public Library, 200 North 4th Street, Clear Lake
– April 11 (1-3 p.m.) – Ames Public Library Community Room, 515 Douglas Avenue, Ames
– April 15 (10 a.m.-Noon) – Sac City Public Library, 1001 W. Main Street, Sac City
– April 18 (1-3 p.m.) – Iowa Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, 91 Lake Street, Arnolds Park
– April 22 (10 a.m.-Noon) – World War II Memorial Museum (Restored Burlington Northern Depot), 305 S. 2nd Street, Red Oak
– April 25 (10 a.m.-Noon) – Prairie Trails Museum of Wayne County, 515 E. Jefferson St., Corydon
– April 29 (10 a.m.-Noon) – Sioux City Public Museum, 2901 Jackson Street, Sioux City
– April 29 (1-3 p.m.) – Midwest Old Threshers, 405 E. Threshers Road, Mt. Pleasant

Register for any of the free workshops by contacting Iowa Museum Association Executive Director Cyndi Sweet at A minimum of six people are required for each workshop. More details about the workshops and disaster response and recovery information can be found by clicking on the “Disaster Resources” tab at