Identifying and preparing for potential threats is critical for reducing risks to collections.

In Part Two of this series, guest speaker Dyani Feige focuses on specific risks, both natural and man-made, facing cultural institutions and mitigation strategies for addressing those vulnerabilities. An institution’s history of incidents, location, building issues, environmental factors (temperature, relative humidity, light, and mold), pest control, fire protection, security procedures, available resources, and collections-specific hazards is also discussed.

It is not necessary to have participated in Part One to take part in this second lab. Although the lab is targeted for organizations enrolled in StEPs, those not enrolled are welcome to attend too.

Dyani also offers recommendations for establishing collections salvage priorities, and address next steps such as beginning to develop a full emergency preparedness and response plan, forming and utilizing response networks, and implementing training.

Dyani Feige, Director of Preservation Services at the Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts in Philadelphia, works with cultural organizations in a variety of ways including preservation assessment and emergency preparedness.

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Participation in StEPs Labs offers in-depth information on topics central to the operation of your museum, historic house, site, or related organization. Applying what you learn in a Lab to your organization’s policies and practices means you are making meaningful progress. The more progress you make, the more boxes you can check off in the StEPs workbook. The more boxes you check off, the more Bronze, Silver, and Gold certificates you earn. And that translates into more credibility, more support, and a museum that is a valuable asset to its community for many more years to come.