What to do before and when disaster strikes

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Every day, it seems, news cycles are reporting another natural disaster, be it forest fires or flooding. Cities across the country, and the world, are affected by large-scale devastations and museums are no exemption. How do you avoid the worst of it before the disaster strikes? Once the disaster occurs, what are the next steps towards recovery?

Following the 2013 severe weather and floods in Alberta, the Alberta Museums Association (AMA), through the Museum Flood Funding Program, has provided millions of dollars to support recovery, treatment, and preventive conservation efforts at sites across the province. In addition, the Program aims to provide resources and tools to prepare institutions for disaster planning and mitigate damage in the event of future flooding.

To expand the impact and reach of the invaluable learning opportunities that occurred because of the flooding, the AMA has created a series of workshops, podcasts, and videos detailing the experiences and lessons gained through the recovery process.  The AMA is presenting a series of four videos highlighting the effect of floods on heritage sites in Alberta and their recovery.

To learn how the Fort McMurray Heritage Village and Heritage Shipyard, Medicine Hat Clay Industries National Historic District, National Music Centre and the Museum of the Highwood all dealt with the aftermaths of flooding, and in certain cases, fires, watch the AMA Emergency Preparedness Videos on the CMA Youtube page.

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