Preparedness and Response in Collections Emergencies
Preparedness and Response in Collections Emergencies (PRICE) is the Smithsonian's first central collections emergency response team. Established in 2016, the team was created to encourage collaboration across the Smithsonian’s 21 museums, libraries, and archives, as well as 14 research centers, the National Zoo, and Smithsonian Gardens. A program of the NCP, PRICE provides a sustainable emergency preparedness program that empowers leaders at each unit to create a culture of collections emergency preparedness. PRICE also supports unit collections emergencies and emergency response teams.
To strengthen and support unit-level and pan-Institutional collections emergency policy, procedures, training, and logistics. Serving as a leadership committee with 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.
To advise and provide subject-matter expertise, consultation, and assistance to NCP, Smithsonian units and senior management and, when activated, provide collections support, response, and recovery as requested by NCP as part of the Smithsonian’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM).
In addition to the Core Team, PRICE has three Action Teams that implement and strengthen collections emergency mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery through the lens of policy, procedures, training, and logistics.
Outreach & Projects
PRICE is honored to participate and contribute to the field’s ongoing emergency management efforts. PRICE members are active participants in a number of national initiatives, committees, and working groups, regularly attend conferences and give presentations, and share original training materials, tools, and research results.
Explore presentations, research projects, training materials, and tools sponsored by the PRICE Team:
PRICE regularly hosts interns and supports/works with fellows. Past internship/fellowship projects include:
- Pan-Institutional survey of collections emergency kits
- Developing virtual and in-person training programs
- Creating an open access database for information on collections-based hazards
Interested in an internship with PRICE? Visit the Smithsonian Online Academic Appointments Portal to see current opportunities.