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Disaster Preparedness Workshop - July 11.2016

The ASA’s Education Committee, in partnership with the Flood Advisory Programme is pleased to announce the Fall Workshop:

Disaster Preparedness: Business Continuity and Disaster Psychology

This two-day workshop taking place on September 21 & 22 2016 at Hyatt Regency in Downtown Calgary. This workshop will be for all ASA members in good standing. Registration is open to all members of the ASA, and multiple members from all institutions may now register to attend!  For members travelling, ASA has a significant travel grant available and will also be providing access to a hotel room block at the Hyatt for the nights of the 20th and 21st. The ASA is requesting a $100 deposit to hold your spot for the workshop, refundable upon completion.[1] To register, fill out the Registration Form and send it to

Workshop Schedule

The first day of the workshop will focus on business continuity planning. ASA is pleased to welcome Barry Manuel of Kildoon Emergency Management, from Halifax, Nova Scotia who will be presenting on this topic. Business continuity refers to an organization continuing to offer essential services and maintaining essential functions before, during, and after an emergency. Business continuity planning is the development of documentation and procedures to be used by an organization during an emergency, aimed to assist with the prevention of disruption in services. Business resumption planning is the development of documentation and procedures that can be followed after an emergency to assist the organization return to regular business.

The morning of the second day will focus on disaster psychology, taught by psychologist, Dr. Charmaine Thomas from the University of Calgary. She will be discussing how staff can prepare emotionally for disaster remediation processes, and how staff can recover from disaster remediation experiences.

The afternoon of the second day will feature a short presentation by Marshall Oliver from Belfor Restoration Services discussing facility restoration for heritage sites and sites containing heritage material; the institutional forum will follow this presentation. The Lead Conservator of the Flood Advisory Programme, Emily Turgeon-Brunet, will be demonstrating how to handle wet archival records and how they can be dried. This hands-on presentation will focus on paper records and photographic materials, including letters, maps, blueprints, photographs, and negatives.

September 21st

7:30 am – 8:30 am Registration

8:00 am – 8:30 am Networking Breakfast

8:30 am – 10:00 am Business Continuity – Barry Manuel from Kildoon Emergency Management Consulting and Training

10:00 am – 10:30 am Break

10:30 am – 12:00 pm Business Continuity

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch

1:00 pm – 2:30 Business Continuity

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm Break

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm Business Continuity


September 22nd

8:00 am – 8:30 am Networking Breakfast

8:30 am – 10:00 am Disaster Psychology – Dr. Charmaine Thomas

10:00 am – 10:30 am Break

10:30 am – 12:00 pm Disaster Psychology Continued

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Talk by Marshall Oliver from BELFOR Canada

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm Institutional Forum

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm Break

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm Handling Wet Records – Emily