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Disaster Planning

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A flood, fire or tornado could destroy an entire collection or artifacts within a library or museum.

That's why there's training underway to teach library and museum directors how to plan in case of such an event.

Collections often represent years of hard work, a wealth of information and history, not to mention the cost involved.

Through a grant, the State Historical Society is offering advice to museum and library officials through-out the state.

Director of Archives Ann Jenks say a disaster could be many different things.

Ann Jenks, State Historical Society "I think there are simple things that can be a disaster, such as plumbing, be alert to areas of the building for mold, insects, temperature or humidity. so many things could damage whatever your collection is made of.

Planning for such a disaster involves keeping an up-to-date inventory of the collection, and having the appropriate insurance.

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