Climate and Emergencies

Webinar: BC HERN – An Introduction to Emergency Response

April 8, 2020

Wildfires, floods, and destructive storms are becoming common events, adding to the known risk of earthquakes in BC. Our best line of defense is emergency preparedness, training and response. The British Columbia Heritage Emergency Response Network (BC HERN) is a growing consortium of institutions within the arts and culture sector in British Columbia whose staff feel morally and professionally obliged to safeguard the collections that they hold by adequately planning for emergency situations as well as to support others in the event of localized emergencies.

Join Kasey Lee, Senior Conservator of the Royal BC Museum, to learn about the work that the BC HERN is doing around the province and how you too can become a member of this supportive network. This webinar will also provide an introduction to the basics of emergency response and collections salvage, starting with personal protection and winding up with a salvage primer for museum collections.

This webinar is the first of three on the topic of emergency response for cultural institutions. The second webinar will focus on salvage and recovery techniques for museum collections and the third will focus on fine art and archival collections.

It’s never too soon to prepare for the worst!