Division of Archives and Records Service

Last Chance! FREE Disaster Planning Workshop

Rae Gifford
December 4, 2017

Western States and Territories Preservation Assistance Service WESTPAS). Helping preserve heritage collections throughout the Western Pacific states territories.The Western States and Territories Preservation Assistance Services (WESTPAS) will provide one LAST chance to attend their free, 2-part disaster planning workshop this month.

If you were unable to attend this great workshop at the Utah State Archives in October, you can attend the final one in Park City on Friday, December 15, 2017.

As this year’s numerous devastating weather events have shown us, we have little control over the disasters that affect our records. The way we respond to these disasters dictates the continuity of our operations and the preservation of our records.

Randy Silverman, Preservation Librarian at the University of Utah, will be teaching Protecting Cultural Collections: Disaster Prevention, Preparedness, Response, and Recovery, which focuses on helping local and state agencies and other heritage institutions to:

  • Complete a disaster response & collection salvage plan
  • Learn how to train staff to implement your plan effectively
  • Set pre- and post-disaster action priorities for your collections
  • Understand practical decision-making skills needed during an emergency
  • Experience salvage procedures for books, documents, photos & objects

Workshop specifics:

Part 1 of the workshop includes 2.5 hours of online webinars about prevention and preparedness.

Part 2 of the workshop includes a day-long seminar about response and recovery.

  • When: Friday, December 15, 2017 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Where: Park City Museum Education & Collection Center, 2079 Sidewinder Drive, Park City, UT 84060

Participation in the in-person workshop requires viewing the online webinars BEFORE attending the Part 2 in-person workshop AND completing the workshop assignments given during the webinars. Webinar information will be provided once attendees have registered for the in-person event.

Register here for the in-person event!

Who should attend?

Administrators and staff responsible for emergency preparedness and continuity of operations (COOP) planning, response, and decision-making should attend. This also includes local and state appointed records officers and chief administrative officers.
Participating institutions will be invited to join an informal network of WESTPAS trained personnel to provide mutual aid in the event of emergencies involving collections in your region.


This event is FREE for all attendees. The funding is provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities.


All individuals must register for the event. Register online for the in-person session at:

For registration assistance contact: Wendy Cao, [email protected]

For general & content information contact: Randy Silverman, [email protected], 801-585-6782