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A risk statement

Key lessons to be drawn from this experience: • In order to be better prepared for a post-event evacuation, multiple copies of floor plans, clearly indicating the locations and dimensions of the most significant objects should be made available to first responders. However, to ensure the safety of the objects, these floor plans should remain confidential to those outside of the first responder group at all times. • An evacuation of cultural heritage objects should be undertaken only if a safer temporary location has been secured and the required logistics for the operation are in place. • The prior training of emergency responders and heritage professionals in charge of a collection on how to handle, pack, document, and transport objects during an emergency is indispensable. See reference page 167. 80 First Aid to Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis | 1. Handbook How to carry out a post-event evacuation? The following workflow for post-event evacuation has been drawn from the pre-event emergency evacuation handbook, Endangered Heritage: Emergency Evacuation of Heritage Collections. Remember that the decision to evacuate objects from an unsafe location should be taken on the basis of a postevent on-site damage and risk assessment.