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Saving Collections: Build Your Disaster Plan

October 06, 2020 12:04 PM | Megan Eves (Administrator)

Saving Collections:  Build Your Disaster Plan

Free Virtual Workshop Series from the Capital New York Alliance for Response

November 2020 to May 2021


You are invited to participate in an innovative program designed to help institutions like yours build a disaster plan in just six months! Attend four virtual seminars presented by leaders in the field of emergency preparedness and response. Visit our virtual office hours between seminars for an opportunity for consultation and support.



  1. Mitigate the risks to your collections and institution
  2. Build your confidence in emergency preparedness and response
  3. Complete your disaster plan!


Who should attend?

Administrators and staff responsible for the protection of cultural collections. Priority will be given to participants from the Capital NY Alliance for Response region, which encompasses Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga, and Schenectady counties.


What’s the schedule?

There are four virtual seminars, which will be recorded and posted to the CapNYAFR website for participants unable to attend them live. Interim homework and virtual office hours will ensure that goals are met, and participants supported.


Monday, November 9, 2020

Program kickoff and risk assessment

Presenter:  Stephanie Garafolo, Northeast Document Conservation Center


Monday, January 11, 2021

Damage assessment, salvage priorities and procedures

Presenter:  Donia Conn, Independent Consultant


Monday, March 8, 2021

Recovery procedures and services, working with vendors, insurance

Presenter:  TBD

Monday, May 3, 2021

Wrap-up, testimonials and lessons learned, disaster plan maintenance

Presenter: TBD

How do I apply?

Please submit the attached letter demonstrating your institution’s commitment to your participation and program goals. Participation by two staff members form a single institution is encouraged.



Please let us know by Monday, November 2, 2020 if you wish to participate. Participation is first come, first serve.  


We’d love to hear from you. Contact us at dhs@nysed.gov.

The Museum Association of New York strengthens the capacity of New York State’s cultural community by supporting professional standards and organizational development. We provide advocacy, training, and networking opportunities so that museums and museum professionals may better serve their missions and communities.

Museum Association of New York is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization. 

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