Museum Methods

Preparing for disasters and emergencies

The 2019-2020 summer in Australia saw unprecedented weather and natural disasters that wreaked destruction and havoc throughout the community. With the anticipated effects of climate change we have to face the possibility that climate based natural disasters and extremes of weather may become more frequent. The 2019-2020 summer also highlighted the issue that not all threats to our museums, galleries and cultural heritage are caused by natural disasters. We need to be prepared for many types of events that potentially could impact the health and safety of all staff, paid and unpaid, and the survival of heritage buildings and sites, museum and gallery buildings and the collections they house.

 

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