Kia ora koutou
The recent earthquakes in Blenheim and Wellington are a reminder that Ruaumoko (atua of earthquakes and volcanoes) never sleeps for long, and that every museum and gallery in New Zealand should have robust plans for how to respond.
Have a look at our disaster planning and recovery resources.
We have learnt a lot from the events in Canterbury, and our colleagues based in that region have been very generous with sharing their knowledge and experiences. They have also provided a model of how to support one another when disaster hits, and how much can be achieved by working collaboratively. The Canterbury Cultural Collections Recovery Centre is a tangible example of that collaborative approach, and because it is a unique model in the museum sector it is attracting international attention.
One of the lessons passed on from Canterbury that has resonated with me is the need to keep cell phone contacts for key people up to date and in multiple locations. Print off the list that might sit on your computer and have a copy at work and at home so that you can still contact people if you are away for your museum or gallery when the earthquake hits. Consider putting National Services Te Paerangi on your contact list – either our freephone helpline number, 0508 NSTP HELP (0508 678 743), or the number for your Museum Development Officer. That way we can get help or advice to you quickly if you need it.
National Services Te Paerangi will be developing more training options around disaster preparedness and seismic restraints. Let us know if you are interested in hosting training in your region.
Fingers crossed the next few weeks are calm and peaceful, as we head towards spring and daylight saving.
Ngā mihi mahana koutou