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Disaster Planning and Recovery Workshops

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The New Jersey State Library (NJSL), an affiliate of Thomas Edison State University, and the New Jersey Cultural Alliance for Response (NJCAR), will present a series of disaster preparedness training for libraries and humanities-collecting institutions. Each two-session workshop will take place in three locations in the state: north, central, and south.

The workshops will focus on risk assessment, disaster plan development, salvage priorities and salvage methods, and wet material recovery. At the conclusion of the first session, workshop attendees will have learned the tools necessary for their “homework” of creating draft disaster plans or revising old plans for their institutions. At the second session approximately six weeks later, attendees will review their plans together with the workshop leader, Thomas Clareson of LYRASIS, and continue their training.

Statewide organizational members of NJCAR (who comprise its Steering Committee) will provide in-person follow-up with workshop attendees three months after the training.

The workshop and follow-up activities will help New Jersey’s small and mid-sized institutions improve their ability to preserve their humanities collections and addresses the significant risk to New Jersey’s cultural heritage materials from natural disasters and other types of emergencies.

These workshops are supported, in part, by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.


$50 for both sessions for continental breakfast and box lunch on both days. Both sessions run from 9:00am to 4:00pm.

Deadline to register is October 9, 2017.


First Session - 10/19

Paterson Free Public Library
250 Broadway
Paterson, NJ 07501

Second Session - 12/1

Bergen County Law & Public Safety Institute
281 Campgaw Road
Mahwah, NJ 07430


First Session - 10/17

East Jersey Olde Towne
1050 River Road
Piscataway Township, NJ 08854

Second Session - 11/30

Wall Township Police Department
2700 Allaire Road
Wall Township, NJ 07719


First Session - 10/18

Burlington County Historical Society
457 High Street
Burlington City, NJ 08016

Second Session - 11/28

Camden County Fire & Police Academy
420 Woodbury Turnersville Road
Blackwood, NJ 08012

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