One of the first steps in the creation of your emergency plan is to identify the various threats that could potentially occur at your institution. These threats could range from minor (such as illness in a gallery), to moderate (a broken water pipe in your collections area), to catastrophic (a hurricane affects your entire community). In this module you will learn about different types of threats, what you can do to plan for specific threats, and what kind of damage to your collections you should anticipate in different scenarios. 

Threats webinar is presented by Elise LeCompte, Registrar and Assistant Department Chair, Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida

Webinar Length:  24 min. 11 sec.  
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Discussion Question: Many different hazards and threats were discussed in the Threats webinar. Some of the hazards and threats were large scale (hurricanes, wildfires), while others were considered small and localized (flooding, burst pipes). What kind of hazards and threats have you identified for your emergency plan? Why were these hazards or threats picked over other potential threats? 

Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo - Threats Sample (.pdf)

West Florida Historic Preservation Inc. - Threats Sample (.pdf)
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Online Resources
American Association for State and Local History (AASLH), An Ounce of Prevention – Worth MORE than a Pound (security system)

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Declared Disasters by State

Heritage Preservation, Risk Evaluation and Planning Program (worksheet)

Speaker Biography
Elise LeCompte is Registrar for the Anthropology Division of the Florida Museum of Natural History, as well as Assistant Department Chair for the Museum’s Natural History Department, and Coordinator of Health and Safety for the Museum. She has over 24 years experience in the museum field, and has served as Collections Manager, Exhibit Registrar, and Conservation Technician at a number of museums in Florida. In addition, she performs consultant and contract work in the areas of collections, curation, and conservation. Elise has organized and taught workshops and presented papers at conferences and seminars on collections management, emergency preparedness, and disaster planning. She serves as a faculty member for the Museum Studies Program at the University of Florida and the Johns Hopkins University. She holds an MA in Archaeology and Chemistry from the University of Florida, and a BA in Anthropology from Johns Hopkins University.

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