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Emergency Response and Disaster Planning Workshop


*Registration for this workshop is now full. To be added to the waiting list, please contact Nick Haddon at​ or 978.749.4143.*​​​​

March 20–22, 2018

The Addison Gallery of American Art is hosting a free three-day seminar and full-scale emergency response disaster training for the protection of cultural assets.

This comprehensive workshop will include presentations from con​servators and first responders, as well as mock drills and scenarios, hands on training, and tabletop exercises. Participants will learn immediate methods for initial response, triage techniques for cultural property, procedures for recovery, and the critical measures to follow in the aftermath, including cleanup, mold removal, and business continuity. Gaining the proper understanding of response techniques to protect the cultural assets of an institution will help participants preserve these important collections for future generations. This conference is made possible by a grant from the Abbot Academy Fund.

This workshop is free of charge with meals included, and open to museum professionals. Participation is limited so please sign up early to reserve your place.


Register online


Print out a registration form and complete and return it to the Addison Gallery via


fax: 978.749.4025; or

mail: Addison Gallery of American Art, Attn: Nick Haddon, Phillips Academy, 180 Main Street, Andover, MA 01810


Day 1: Tuesday, March 20


Welcome and Introductions 

Keynote Speaker 

Objectives for Workshop and Self-Assessment Exercise 

Disaster Response - Case Studies Panel
Recovery & Rehabilitation - Vendor Panel
Why a Disaster Plan? - Presentation and Q&A
Triage and Prioritization – Presentation and Q&A 

Information Processing Exercise  

Day 2: Wednesday, March 21

Day 2 Introduction 

Disaster Clinics: 

Salvage of Artwork - Paintings
Mitigating Fire and Water Damage
Salvage of Books, Paper, and Audiovisual Materials
Integrated Pest Management

Disaster Response Training Stations 

Day 3: Thursday, March 22 

Live Scenarios Andover Fire Department 

Live Fire Extinguisher Training
Q & A with the AFD Fire Chief Mansfield
Next Steps Boot Camp NEDCC
Addison Gallery Triage Scenario 

Workshop evaluations and closing remarks​

See the full schedule​ for more details.​​

Hotel Information:​
​The Addison Gallery has reserved a block of rooms at the Andover Inn​ (acro​ss the street from the Addison Gallery) with a special rate of $189 plus taxes. Please call 978-775-4900 and mention the Addison when you make your reservation. The cutoff date for this special rate is February 20, 2018. 

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​Please contact Nick Haddon at​ or call 978.749.4143 with any questions.