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Virginia's Museum Emergency Support Teams (MEST)
VAM encourages cultural institutions to join one of these locally-based teams to plan for emergency response, coordinate local resources, establish relationships with local emergency officials, and create local response teams to assist one another in emergency situations.
VAM Emergency Response Teams (ERT)
Unlike the MESTs, the ERT is a statewide team of professionals who are volunteers willing to mobilize within hours of a call to provide triage and salvage assistance statewide. This team will be effective when an entire region has been struck by disaster, such as a hurricane, and it is important to receive assistance from outside of the area.
ERT volunteers are museum professionals who will:
• assist with immediate response and triage of damaged items
• remove objects from damaged areas
• determine levels of damage for salvage efforts
• assist conservators and museum staff with preliminary salvage and recovery efforts
• assist with basic treatments of damaged objects (if requested by staff and conservators)
In addition to fulfilling the primary requirement of attending the two-day Homeland Security Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training, VAM’s ERT volunteers are required to attend a one-day museum-specific training workshop. ERT certification is contingent upon completion of these requirements. To become a part of the Emergency Response Team, contact VAM at 804.358.3170.
Additionally, VAM periodically offers disaster planning workshops. Please check our workshops page for an updated listing of upcoming events. These workshops feature an easy online disaster plan template, dPlan Lite, where collecting institutions can create a free account to start building their disaster plans.
Additional Disaster Planning Resources:
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