Emergency Preparedness, Response, & Recovery
Instructor: Sharon Bennett
Regular Registration: $1,100
The purpose of this course is to thoroughly address the process of “risk management” by examining in detail how to prepare for and respond to disaster. Topics will include how to set realistic goals and objectives relative to a specific institution, the identification and assessment of risks to the institution, and the formulation of a prevention and response plan utilizing established emergency planning guidelines and procedure. Participants will learn how to effectively assess their institution’s current level of preparedness in the following areas: health and safety of staff, risk to facility, insurance coverage, standing offer contracts, and collections documentation. Multiple levels of disaster preparedness are examined including a review of response techniques, the setting of priorities in and directing a salvage operation, and on-going risk assessment throughout planning and response phases. A mock water emergency will be used to give participants a “hands-on” experience in emergency preparedness and disaster management and recovery.
Sharon Bennett has been the project archivist for the College of Charleston since 2007. Prior to her current position she served as Archivist at The Charleston Museum where in addition to her curatorial and preservation duties, she was responsible for disaster planning and response for the Museum collections.
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Sharon received her B.A. from the College of Charleston and her M.L.S. from the University of South Carolina, Columbia. She has been a consultant for the Palmetto Archives, Libraries, and Museums Council (PALMCOP) and for the S.C. State Historical Records Advisory Board (SHRAB). A veteran of hurricane Hugo, she has taught and participated in numerous disaster preparedness and response workshops throughout the Southeast. On behalf of the Southeastern Museums Conference, Sharon taught the 1999 IMLS-funded two-day workshop "Hope for the Best, Prepare for the Worst," in South Carolina, Virginia, and Alabama and edited the 2000 SEMC Disaster Response Handbook. In 1999, she was the recipient of SEMC's Museum Leadership Award. Most recently she co-taught the NEH sponsored FAIC workshop "Safeguarding Our Cultural Heritage in Emergency Response," with Hilary A. Kaplan at Ft. Bragg, NC.