Disaster Preparedness and Recovery

Disaster Preparedness with Annie Peterson of LYRASIS
11 a.m. ET / 10 a.m. CT

Disaster can strike at any time in any locale, disrupting operations, threatening human safety, and damaging or destroying collections. Having a plan in place before disaster strikes makes good business sense; institutions that prioritize preparedness will lead a more successful disaster response and recovery effort. This class is an overview of steps that cultural heritage institutions can take to better prepare for a disaster of any size, with a focus on creating a written plan, and actionable steps to take towards completing a plan. The session will cover the elements of a disaster plan, planning a project to create a plan, and will touch on risk assessment to focus planning efforts.

Annie Peterson is a Program Leader at LYRASIS. She consults with institutions on preservation and digitization planning, and teaches online and in-person classes and workshops on preservation, both analog and digital. Before joining LYRASIS, Annie Peterson was the Preservation Librarian for the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library at Tulane University, where she managed a preservation program for the library’s general and special collections, including writing and maintaining a disaster plan for all library collections. Previously, she was an IMLS Preservation Administration Fellow at Yale University, where her primary focus was writing a disaster plan for the library’s high density storage facility. She has an MLIS from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. In 2016 Annie was awarded the Esther J. Piercy Award from the Association of Library Collections and Technical Services, an award that is given to recognize the contribution to areas of librarianship including in library collections and technical service by a librarian who has shown outstanding promise for continuing contribution and leadership.

Disaster Recovery with Tom Clareson of LYRASIS
1 p.m. ET / 12 noon CT

This webinar will provide information on initial response to and recovery from emergencies and disasters of all types. Topics covered include the first steps for recovery, and working with support organizations and vendors. The session will include helpful resources for organizing and planning your response.

Tom Clareson is Project Director of the Performing Arts Readiness Project, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to help performing arts organizations nationwide learn how to protect their assets, sustain operations, and be prepared for emergencies. He serves as Senior Consultant for Digital & Preservation Services at LYRASIS, consulting and teaching nationally and internationally on preservation, disaster preparedness, digitization, digital preservation, special collections/archives, remote storage, funding, strategic planning, and advocacy for libraries, archives, and museums. Clareson serves as Vice President on the Board of Directors of the Foundation for Advancement in Conservation.

Mental Health and Disasters: Resources for Recovery and Resiliency with Darcy Abbott, MSW, LCSW, Florida Disaster Recovery Mental Health Coordinator
2 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. CT

The focus of this presentation is to describe common reactions to natural disasters, explore the symptoms of traumatic stress, identify ways to assist others in recovery and to gain knowledge of resources to support recovery and strengthen community resiliency.

Darcy Abbott is Florida’s first Disaster Recovery Mental Health Coordinator for the Florida Division of Emergency Management. The focus of this position is to help communities obtain critical mental health services following a disaster. Darcy has 30 years of experience in the field of Social Work managing behavioral health programs, is a Florida Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has experience supporting disaster victims in need of mental health counseling. She has served the State of Florida as an Administrator for the Florida Agency For Health Care Administration’s Division of Medicaid, a Bureau Chief for the Florida Department of Health’s Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention, and worked in the Florida Department of Children and Families’ Office of Family Safety. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Social Work from Rochester Institute of Technology and her Master of Social Work from Marywood University.