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Monday, May 16 • 9:00am - 9:30am
(Emergency) Disaster Plan in Greece

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Disaster preparedness in Greek cultural institutions is now becoming an important consideration and steps are being taken to understand the current strategies and improve prevention, preparation, and response. Until recently, disaster prevention has not been a mandate of heritage collections management in Greece. Research, training programs, and resources are being established in Greece, based on systems like American Institute for Conservation Collections Emergency Response Team (AIC-CERT) and other international programs. Greece is a county at risk for many types of disasters, regularly experiencing wildfires, earthquakes, floods, and building mechanical failures. A brief history of documented consequences of disastrous events such as flood, earthquake and fire in Greek cultural institutions and archaeological sites from 2002 – 2012 will be presented. This research is based on information provided by the Hellenic Statistical Authority (EL STAT).** Research* has been completed that identifies the degree of disaster readiness of Greek cultural institutions. The research, similar to the Heritage Preservation’s Heritage Health Index, took the form of a questionnaire and was sent to museums, libraries, and archives. The aim of the study was to investigate both readiness and strategies for cultural institutions to deal effectively with a catastrophic event. This study identified the number of Greek cultural institutions with formal written disaster plans and reviewed the roles and preparedness of staff to implement measures in protect institutional collections in case of natural, man-made, or accidental disasters. The study revealed that 75% of Greek institutions did not have a disaster plan. This survey provoked national awareness on this important topic. A national 4-day seminar was cooperatively organized “Disaster Plan in Cultural Foundations of Greece.” This seminar was organized by the Eugenides Foundation in collaboration with the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, the Technological Educational Institution of Athens, Institute for Educational Policy, and the American Embassy and was co-taught by American and Greek specialists. This was the first seminar on disaster prevention and recovery and the training was similar to the AIC-CERT training, but adapted to the available resources and culture of Greece. 150 Participants included Museum Directors, Managers, Curators, and Conservators from many types of institutions, took part on this seminar . The seminar informed managers and staff both theoretical information and practical experience so that each organization had a foundation of knowledge to be able to prepare their own plan. The study has sparked interest in additional research and the results are being used to design new effective strategies, in preparation, prevention and response to disasters.

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Maria Lyratzi

Conservator, Pedagogical Institute
Professional Experience Conservator of Paper, Library of Institute of Educational Policy/Greek Ministry of Education, Lifelong Learning and Religious Affairs, 2006 - current • Established Laboratory of Conservation of Books and Bookbinding. Institutional Disaster Assessment and... Read More →

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Georgia Georgiou

Arheologist-Museologist, Ministry of Culture
EXPERIENCE Ephorate of Antiquities of West Attica, Pireus and islands Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre — May /2015- present Excavation on an ancient cemetery located in the area of Phaleron Delta (Phaleron Bay), on the South of Athens. Ephorate of Antiquities of West... Read More →

Ioanna Adamopoulou

Archaeologist-Museologist, Ministry of Culture
EDUCATION: 2014 :National and Kapodistrian University of Athens – Greece Department of History – Archaeology & Department of Geology in collaboration with the Department of Conservation of Antiquities and Works of Art of the Technological Educational Institution of Athens Master... Read More →

Kassiani Plati

Historian-Museologist, Peloponnesian Folklore Foundation "V.Papantoniou"
Kassiani Plati is a graduate of the Department of History and Ethnology of the Democritus University of Thrace and she has a Master of Arts in Museum Studies of the University of Athens. She has worked intermittently at the Museum of Geology and Paleontology of the University of Athens... Read More →
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Stella Pateli

Fine Art Conservator, Directorate for the Restoration of Ancient and Modern Monuments, Piraeus 81,
Professional Experience • Restoration of wall paintings at the temple of Resurrection, Tatoi, Ministry of Culture: Directorate of Conservation of Ancient and Modern Monuments, 2013 • Conservation and restoration of antiquities and works of Art, Ministry of Culture: Third Ephorate... Read More →

Monday May 16, 2016 9:00am - 9:30am EDT
Room 513 A/C