Museum Emergency Preparedness


To ensure that all spaces housing UAlberta Museums' collections are well secured over the 2019 Holiday and Winter Closure, and that any problems are detected and resolved as early as possible, please perform the following before December 20, 2019:

  • Inform your unit's senior administration (e.g., Department Chair) as early as possible if all responsible collections staff will be away for the duration of the Closure;
  • Conduct a final walk through of all spaces to ensure there are no outstanding issues, and to unplug and shut down unnecessary equipment;
  • Ensure all doors and windows are shut and securely locked; and ensure alarm system (if applicable) is turned on;
  • If there are specific collections concerns (e.g., history of leaks, risk of theft, etc.), a collections staff member may want to complete at least one on-site check of all spaces during the Closure period, if possible;
  • Read and follow Risk Management Services' "Securing Your Workspace for the 2019 Winter Closure" to help further secure your collections for the Closure.

If there is an emergency related issue in your collections during the Closure, contact the following in the order of urgency and type of emergency:

  • Fire - Ambulance - Police: 911
  • University of Alberta Protective Services (UAPS): 780-492-5050
  • Unified Communications Centre (formerly Control Centre): 780-492-5555

How to be prepared for an emergency…

  • Ensure UAM has the most up-to-date location information for your collection. This includes storage, lab, office, off-site, and exhibit spaces.
  • Ensure your collection's emergency kit is stocked up. If the kit needs replenishing, contact UAM.
  • Regularly review your specific UAlberta Museums collections' emergency plans using this link:
  • Be aware of building shut down notices. UAM monitors all shut down notices across campus and can alert you by email if a shut down may affect your collections spaces.

UAM's role in the event of an emergency…

A UAlberta Museums (UAM) Emergency Response and Recovery Team is available on a case-by-case basis to assist with remediation and salvage procedures affecting the University of Alberta (UAlberta) Museums. This team aims to:

  • Enhance emergency preparedness for UAlberta Museums across campus.
  • Establish a team of museum first responders able to respond quickly and effectively to emergencies.
  • Enable successful resumption of normal operations as soon as possible following an emergency.
  • Maintain a list of external agencies and resources to provide assistance or additional equipment.

If there is an emergency or other related issue adversely affecting a UAlberta Museums collection, UAM needs to know. Please email UAM.