‘AFR’ Headline Archives

Alliance for Response FREE Webinar Series!

Posted on: December 7th, 2016 by Jessica Unger | AFR

Mark your calendars for a series of webinars specially developed for members of the Alliance for Response community! Learn from your peers about best practices for organizing your network; discover how to integrate volunteer efforts; get tips on how to navigate the Public Assistance process; develop tabletop exercises for training; learn about how to communicate effectively during an emergency; and discover some best practices for fundraising!

 

All programs may be accessed at https://meet98657813.adobeconnect.com/faic

No pre-registration required!

 

“Setting Up Governance Structures and Creating Mutual Aid Agreements”

Thursday, December 15, 2016 1:00 – 2:30 pm (Eastern)

Laura Seifert, Savannah Heritage Emergency Response
Gary Menges, Seattle Heritage Emergency Response Network
Steve Detwiler, Alliance for Response Miami

 

“Working with Volunteers”

Tuesday, January 10, 2017 1:00 – 2:30 pm (Eastern)

Chandra Fox, Region 10 President, International Association of Emergency Managers

 

“Navigating Public Assistance After a Disaster”

Thursday, January 12, 2017 1:00 – 2:30 pm (Eastern)

Chris Holmes, Chief of Recovery, NYS Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Services
Rick Lord, Chief of Mitigation Programs & Agency Preservation Officer, NYS Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Services

 

“Exercise Without Leaving Your Seat: Practicing the Incident Command System at the Institutional Level”

Thursday, January 19, 2017 1:00 – 2:30 pm (Eastern)

David Carmicheal, State Archivist, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania 
Joe Boney, Chief, Biloxi Fire Department

 

“Crisis Communications”

Tuesday, January 24, 2017 1:00 – 2:30 pm (Eastern)

Mike Smith, Chair and Associate Professor of Communication, LaSalle University
Steve Pine, Senior Conservator for Decorative Arts, The Museum of Fine Arts Houston

 

“Best Practices for Seeking Funding”

Thursday, January 26, 2017 1:00 – 2:30 pm (Eastern)

Ellen Gorham, Manager, Disaster Fundraising, American Red Cross Nat’l Headquarters

 

For further information contact junger@conservation-us.org

Get Tips on Protecting Your Place of Business at a Free Webinar

Posted on: July 29th, 2016 by Jessica Unger | AFR, SHEP

Hosted by SBA and Agility Recovery

 

WASHINGTON – Recent attacks in office buildings and other public places by assailants armed with deadly weapons have heightened the necessity for an increased focus on security as a vital aspect of business continuity.

 

A crisis unfolding at or near your workplace could put your staff, customers and passersby in danger. And there are many scenarios to consider as reminders of your vulnerability to physical threats. But with careful planning and well-orchestrated drills, your office can be prepared for emergencies by knowing where and how to take shelter inside your building or evacuate efficiently, quickly, and safely.

 

Join Agility Recovery and the U.S. Small Business Administration Wednesday, August 10, for a live online discussion on how to develop both shelter-in place and evacuation plans. Tips will also be shared on how to conduct drills that will protect the safety of your staff, clients, and the community where you do business.

 

The SBA has partnered with Agility Recovery to offer business continuity strategies at its “PrepareMyBusiness” website. Visit www.preparemybusiness.org to access past webinars and to download disaster preparedness checklists.

 

The SBA provides disaster recovery assistance in the form of low-interest loans to homeowners, renters, private nonprofits and businesses of all sizes. To learn more, visit www.sba.gov/disaster.

 

 

WHAT:          “Creating Evacuation & Shelter-In-Place Plans”   
                      
A presentation followed by a question-and-answer session

WHEN:          Wednesday, August 10, 2016 — 2 to 2:30 p.m. ET

HOW:            Space is limited. Register at http://agil.me/SBAevacshelter

 

 

TX-CERA Training To Be Held at MFA Houston Aug 1-2

Posted on: July 14th, 2016 by Jessica Unger | AFR, Texas

The MFAH will host an inaugural disaster response and recovery forum, led by Texas Cultural Emergency Response Alliance, on Monday, August 1 and Tuesday August 2. Library, archive, and museum professionals in Houston and the surrounding counties are invited to share expertise and resources in this unique partnership.

The 2-day workshop will focus on disaster response and recovery situations specific to the region, including hurricanes, tornadoes, and flash floods, and will show participants how to respond to such large-scale natural events to both protect and preserve the objects in their care and to connect to a larger network of national emergency management professionals. Day 1 will feature speakers from the Harris County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Belfor USA and others. Day 2 will focus on techniques and training for wet recovery salvage of heritage objects.

 

When: Monday and Tuesday, August 1-2, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.                     

Where: The American General Meeting Room / The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston / Audrey Jones Beck Building, 5601 Main Street / Houston, Texas 77005

Cost: $80.00, lunch provided. Free parking in MHAH parking lot.

Details: The MFAH is an experienced disaster management leader and advocate for protecting cultural heritage resources in the region.

 

The Texas Cultural Emergency Response Alliance (TX-CERA) is a statewide resource for cultural heritage and disaster management and part of the nationwide Alliance for Response program. Through a series of regional forums, it builds bridges between the cultural heritage and emergency response communities before disasters happen. Their programs lead to new partnerships, policies, and cooperative planning efforts.

 

Contacts: Steve Pine, Museum of Fine Arts, spine@mfah.org / Olivia Primanis, University of Texas, Austin, primanis@utexas.edu / Melanie Sanford, Textile Preservation Services of Texas – info@conservingthreads.com

 

Registration:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2-day-disaster-preparedness-and-recovery-workshop-hosted-by-tx-cera-tickets-26365409650

 

Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Disaster Preparedness Mobile App

Posted on: June 24th, 2016 by Jessica Unger | AFR, Miami, FL

The SBDC at Florida International University (FIU), in partnership with USAID and FIU’s Extreme Events Institute, has developed a disaster-preparedness mobile app that allows business owners to better prepare their companies for disasters and to jump start operations post-event. The app includes customizable checklists, disaster simulations and assessments to help entrepreneurs identify risks to their business.

 

Other features include:

  • Free and available in both English and Spanish.
  • Customizable assessments to determine all risks to the business, along with ways to mitigate these risks
  • Table-top exercises to simulate a disaster and test the ability of a business to respond.
  • Disaster checklists on insurance, business operations, emergency response, and developing supply kits.
  • Step-by-step assistance with developing a business continuity plan and emergency response plan.
  • Templates for employee emergency contact sheets, credentialing letters, and post-disaster decision making charts.
  • Helpful checklists on avoiding contractor fraud, utilizing social media post-disaster, and tips on crisis communications.
  • Additional resources on cyber security information.
  • Monitor and save progress in completing each requirement in the different phases of “Prepare,” “Respond” and “Recover”

 

Below are the links to download the app from both the iOS and Google Play Stores.

Google Play Link:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ionicframework.sbdc711946

Apple App Store:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/bizaster/id1120175047?ls=1&mt=8

There are also two demo videos (in English and Spanish) on YouTube:

English:  https://youtu.be/9xOFKkJDYkU

Spanish:  https://youtu.be/BF40_Lhdiis

Mississippi Gulf Coast Network Launch!

Posted on: May 2nd, 2016 by Jessica Unger | AFR, ms-gulf-coast

On Wednesday, April 27, 2016, the Mississippi Gulf Coast Alliance for Response forum was held at the Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum in Biloxi Mississippi.

News coverage of the event highlighted the strong connections forged between the region’s emergency professionals and cultural institutions:

 

WLOX:  “Preserving History is Vital After a Disaster”

WXXV:  “Gulf Coast Alliance for Response Forum”

MPB:  “Museums, Libraries, Archives Forge Connections with First Responders”

County of San Diego Draft RSF Annex

Posted on: April 5th, 2016 by Jessica Unger | AFR, California

Click here to explore the draft Natural and Cultural Resources Recovery Support Function Annex for the County of San Diego.

“The goal of the San Diego Operational Area (OA) Natural and Cultural Resources (NCR) Recovery Support Function (RSF) is to provide guidance for coordinating disaster recovery and to connect members to available resources or programs that assist with the long-term recovery of damaged or destroyed NCR. RSF members work together to leverage existing NCR capabilities, build additional NCR capabilities, and identify potential funding and other resources to help address at-risk and affected NCR with long-term solutions. This goal is achieved by creating a systematic process that engages the whole community in the development of executable, operational, and/or community-based approaches to meet defined recovery objectives.”

 

“AFR: A Public-Private Partnership for the Arts and Culture Sector” Recording

Posted on: March 3rd, 2016 by Jessica Unger | AFR

A recording of the February 11, 2016 webinar “Alliance for Response: A Public-Private Partnership for the Arts and Culture Sector” is now available to view on AIC’s YouTube channel.

 

The program featured FAIC’s Emergency Programs Coordinator Jessica Unger, AFR Miami Co-chairs Steve Detwiler and Kim Bergen, and Heritage Emergency National Task Force Administrator Lori Foley.

 

Be sure to check out the recording for yourself and share the link with others!

Save the Date: Feb 11 Webinar

Posted on: December 2nd, 2015 by Jessica Unger | AFR

Save the Date:

Thursday, February 11, 2016

1:00 – 2:30 pm Eastern

 

Alliance for Response: A Public-Private Partnership for the Arts and Culture Sector 

 

The “whole community” concept underscores the importance of cross-sector collaboration in strengthening a community’s resilience. This 90-minute webinar will explore a unique public-private partnership between cultural heritage and emergency management professionals called Alliance for Response (AFR). Launched in 2003, this program has connected more than 800 museums, libraries, archives, and other collecting institutions across the country with their local first responders and emergency managers.

 

An overview of the program, administered by the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation, will be followed by a close look at one AFR network – AFR-Miami – which is co-chaired by an emergency manager and a cultural steward. Other AFR networks will likewise share how their network has influenced local planning efforts and enhanced the protection of cultural and historic resources. The webinar will conclude with examples of federal guidance on protecting these resources. Each segment will offer ample time for Q&A from participants.

 

Speakers:

  • Jessica Unger, Emergency Programs Coordinator, Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic & Artistic Works
  • Steve Detwiler, Emergency Management Planner (Recovery & Public-Private Partnership), Miami-Dade County Office of Emergency Management, AFR Miami Co-chair
  • Kim Bergen, Registrar, FIU Wolfsonian, AFR Miami Co-chair
  • Lori Foley, Administrator, Heritage Emergency National Task Force, FEMA/Smithsonian Institution

 

You can register for this webinar at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/324068228757202177

 

Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) Highlights Resiliency Efforts

Posted on: August 12th, 2015 by Jessica Unger | AFR, Miami, FL

AFR Miami member PAMM is featured on the American Alliance of Museum’s “Center for the Future of Museums” blog! Read about how the institution has prepared for emergencies, from the earliest stages of designing their building to their involvement with the AFR Miami team.

 

 

Upcoming Webinar: The Essential Role of Records in Disaster Response

Posted on: July 31st, 2015 by Jessica Unger | AFR, SHEP

On Wed., August 5, 2015, FEMA-Continuity Webinar will present a free, one-hour webinar by David Carmicheal, Pennsylvania State Archivist. David will discuss the role of essential records and essential records maintenance in disaster response and recovery operations.  Additionally, he will explain how to identify essential records before a disaster occurs, as well as outline strategies for protecting essential records during and after disasters.

David is also the author of Implementing the Incident Command System at the Institutional Level: A Handbook for Libraries, Archives, Museums, and other Cultural Institutions.

Host:     FEMA-Continuity Webinar

When:  Wed., August 5, 2015

Time:     2:00 – 3:00 pm Eastern

Connection options for webinar:

1) Webinar (No need to dial into audio conference. Webinar can be heard through computer speakers.)

Go to:   https://share.dhs.gov/aug2015

  • Enter as a guest.
  • Type your FIRST and LAST name.
  • Click “Enter Room.”

2) Audio Conference (Can be used if having trouble hearing webinar through computer speakers. Please dial in prior to the meeting start time.)

While participating in the teleconference, please mute your phone.

  • Audio Conference Dial-In Number: 1-800-320-4330
  • Audio Conference pin: # 164994

Questions? Contact FEMA-Continuity Webinar. For more information, click here.