People Factor

One of the most elusive elements in the development of an emergency plan is taking into consideration the people factor, or rather, the staff and visitors that will be directly affected by components of your emergency plan. In this module, you will learn the importance of establishing a chain of command during an emergency, and including a cross-section of staff in your plan. In addition, you will learn how to gain staff buy-in during the development process, and lastly, understand the psychological and physical effects you may see during an emergency situation. 

The People Factor webinar is presented by Dean DeBolt, University Archivist, John C. Pace Library, University of West Florida

Webinar Length:  20 min. 06 sec.
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Discussion Question: Knowing who is trained for emergency situations and how to contact them is one step toward preparing your institution for a disaster. Creating a formalized list of contacts, teams, and their emergency numbers can help save your collections in emergency situations. Discuss responsibilities of each individual on the team. Consider practical issues such as how far a staff member might live from the museum or cell phone reception.

Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum - People Sample (.pdf)

Manatee County Historical Records Library - People Sample (.pdf) 
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Online Resources
American Institute for Conservation (AIC), Health and Safety Publications

Center for Disease Control, Workplace Safety & Health Topics for Storm/Flood and Hurricane Response

National Park Service (NPS), Museum Handbook, Part I: Museum Collections, Chapter 11 – Curatorial Health and Safety

Heritage Preservation, Cultural Heritage and Contaminants 2010 Hurricane Season Resources, prepared by the Heritage Emergency National Task Force

Speaker Biography
Dean DeBolt is the University Archivist and Librarian at the University Archives and West Florida History Center, University of West Florida. There he is responsible for a sizeable collection that includes rare books, maps, manuscripts, photographs, and paintings. Dean is also Adjunct Professor in the History Department where he teaches archives administration and management. Prior to 1981, he was University Archivist at Sangamon State University Library, and Archives Site Supervisor at Illinois State Archives. He holds an MA in Library Science from University of Illinois, and an MA in History from Sangamon State University. He has an Archives Certificate from Ohio Historical Society, as well as a Supervisory Management Certificate, and Supervisory Skills Certificate.

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