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Preparedness and Response in Collections Emergencies | PRICE

Our Mission

To strengthen and support unit-level and pan-Institutional collections emergency policy, procedures, training, and logistics. Serving as a leadership committee that has the flexibility to draw upon a team of Smithsonian-wide subject-matter experts who can assist in an emergency, PRICE collaborates with Smithsonian units, including the Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative (SCRI), the Office of Emergency Management (OEM), and the Office of Safety, Health, and Environmental Management (OSHEM) to create and disseminate information to Smithsonian staff.

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Our Purpose

To advise and provide subject-matter expertise, consultation, and assistance to the National Collections Program, Smithsonian collecting units, and Smithsonian senior management and, when activated, provide collections support, response, and recovery as requested by NCP as part of the Smithsonian’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC).

Catch up with the PRICE Action Teams and learn about their ongoing initiatives: PRICE Brochure

PRICE Team members
PRICE Team (L to R): Brian Abrams (FSG), Ashley Jehle (NMAfA), Cali Martin (NMAI), Antonia Moser (CHSDM), Lisa Palmer (NMNH), Sam Snell, PRICE chair (NCP), and Katie Wagner (SLA).


Logistics Action Team

Works to increase the capacity for coordinated collections recovery in the event of a large-scale emergency, acting as liaisons between resources and the collecting units who need them.

Policy and Procedure Action Team

Provides a foundation for staff in all collecting units to understand their responsibilities and have tools to plan and act on behalf of the collections in all phases of the disaster life cycle.

Training Action Team

Reaches out to all Smithsonian staff across all collecting units and professions to train for preparedness and response in a collections emergency by providing many hands-on experiences, lectures, and case studies to build confidence.

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