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Disaster Preparedness for Cultural Organizations

Hurricanes, floods, and even tornadoes have become a regular—and increasingly frequent—part of life in Louisiana, affecting critical cultural infrastructure and threatening arts and humanities organizations statewide. Join the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities and Louisiana Association of Museums for a two-part workshop series on emergency planning and disaster response for cultural organizations. Workshops feature national experts on disaster planning as well as local case studies exploring real-world examples from recent Louisiana disasters. All sessions include a dedicated Q&A session with the panel of experts.  

These free workshops, made possible through funding by the National Endowment for the Humanities, target humanities and arts-sector professionals from museums, archives, community arts and culture organizations, and more. Space is limited to forty participants per workshop.  


Workshop 1: Readiness and Planning 

Wednesday, April 6 | 1:30–3:30 p.m. CST 


Thursday, April 7 | 9–11 a.m. CST 

Free. Register now to attend. 

April’s workshops will cover disaster readiness and planning. Panelists will review why the formal adoption of emergency policies and plans are essential to your organization’s long-term sustainability. Discover ways to make your disaster preparedness strategy a living document that builds accountability and helps your organization prepare before disaster strikes. 

Elaina Gregg, Emergency Programs Coordinator, Foundation for Advancement in Conservation  

Susan Zwerling, Core Document Verification Officer, American Alliance of Museums 

Emilie Gagnet Leumas, PhD, CA, CRM, Archives and Records Management Consultant, EGL Consultants, LLC 


Workshop 2: Response and Recovery 

Tuesday, May 17 | 9–11 a.m. CST 


Thursday, May 19 | 9–11 a.m. CST 

Free. Register now to attend. 

May’s workshops will cover emergency response and recovery. Panelists will discuss what should occur after disaster strikes and why having an emergency plan makes recovery more manageable. Panelists will also explore a variety of recovery resources available to cultural organizations.   

Lori Foley, Coordinator for the Heritage Emergency National Task Force, FEMA
Rebecca Elder, Consultant, Rebecca Elder Cultural Heritage Preservation 

Misty Taylor-Pride, Collections and Exhibitions Manager, Hilliard Art Museum – UL Lafayette 

Jennifer Waxman, co-chair, New Orleans Preservation Coalition