Disaster Response Training is Fun!
Tiffany S. Adrain
Last summer the University of Iowa Collections Coalition (UICC) hosted a two-day Disaster Response Workshop with the Upper Midwest Conservation Association. As well as classroom training, the workshop included a day-long "disaster scenario" where we divided into teams responsible for salvaging objects from paddling-pools filled with water. The workshop was great fun and we learned valuable lessons about teamwork and communication as well as key procedures for disaster response. As a result of our training experience, UICC plans to run regular refresher courses, and a mini Disaster Response exercise is now included in the Collection Care and Management module of the University's Museum Studies Certificate.
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