Museum Handbook: Primer on Disaster Preparedness
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"Smithsonian Institution Staff Disaster Preparedness Procedures"
Prepared by SI Office of Risk Management, October 1992, revised, October 1993


This handbook provides a brief overview of the types of disasters posing a potential threat to staff. NOTE: This handbook does not contain emergency procedures for cultural items. These emergency procedures are intended to assist individuals in understanding what to expect and what to do initially. The information in this booklet is provided primarily as guidance in the event a disaster occurs at work. However, these same procedures can be applied to situations at home and when traveling.

Should an emergency occur, evacuation of the facility may be necessary. Evacuation routes for facilities should be displayed throughout staff work areas. All personnel should study these procedures carefully.

Emergency Telephone Numbers