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Disaster response and salvage training (full)

Tuesday 11 February 2014

The British Library Centre for Conservation
96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB
Location Details

This intensive training day focuses on preparing for disaster response and salvage. The trainer uses experience of responding to real incidents to demonstrate how planning can minimise the impact of emergencies in libraries and archives as well as outlining the practical steps to take when responding to situations. The day includes an emergency decision-making exercise and a hands-on salvage session. By the end of the day participants will be able to:

  • identify the key issues that a disaster plan needs to address
  • give examples of the decisions to be made when responding to an incident
  • source salvage equipment to build a disaster kit
  • process a variety of wet items.

Previous attendees commented that they had learnt ‘How much there is to think about when dealing with a disaster and how to prioritise actions.’ and ‘Importance of preparedness. Tips for emergency kits and for small scale incidents. How to assess what we can cope with ourselves and when to call in help.’

The day is led Emma Dadson of Harwell Document Restoration Services.


10.00 Registration
10.10 Welcome and introductions
10.15 Case studies
11.00 Minor incident response
11.40 Break
12.00 Salvage strategies and techniques
13.00 Lunch
13.45 Practical exercise
14.30 Challenges in major incidents and desktop exercise
16.00 End