05 Jul

Disaster Preparedness and Recovery

Kentucky Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities, in partnership with the Kentucky Historical Society, Kentucky Arts Council, Performing Arts Readiness, National Heritage Responders, and the National Coalition for Arts Preparedness and Emergency Response (NCAPER) is hosting a series of workshops designed to help cultural institutions prepare for future disasters and learn how to begin the recovery process following a disaster.

Each workshop will focus on a different portion of the disaster prep and recovery phase, and will feature experts from across the country, as well as accounts from those impacted by natural disasters across the Commonwealth.


Workshops will be held online and are free to attend. Visit to register.

Sessions will last 90 minutes, which includes time for participant questions. All sessions will be recorded and available for those who cannot attend the live event. 

Session 1 — Tuesday, August 1 at 10 a.m. — Disaster Readiness: Emergency Preparedness 101

Session 2 — Tuesday, August 15 at 10 a.m. — Disaster Response: The First 48 Hours

Session 3 — Tuesday, August 29 at 10 a.m. — Disaster Recovery: Getting Back in Business!

Session 4 — Tuesday, September 12 at 10 a.m. — Disaster Resilience and Mitigation:  Preparing for the Next Time

The four online sessions will be followed by an in-person session at the Kentucky Library Association’s annual conference in October.

“Kentucky’s cultural institutions have suffered greatly over the last few years from unprecedented natural disasters taking place across the Commonwealth,” said Kentucky Humanities Executive Director Bill Goodman. “Kentucky Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities reached out to assist the organizations that were impacted by the tornados in western Kentucky and the flooding in eastern Kentucky, but now we want to assist all organizations in implementing preparedness and recovery plans in the event of future disasters.”