‘AFR’ Headline Archives

Portland Alliance for Response Receives Performing Arts Readiness Grant

Posted on: December 4th, 2018 by Jessica Unger | AFR, Portland, OR

Portland Alliance for Response, a local network of arts and culture institutions, including Oregon Historical Society, Oregon Symphony, Portland’5 Centers for the Arts, Portland Art Museum, Lewis and Clark College, Portland State University, and Portland Bureau of Emergency Management, is pleased to announce that we have received a grant from Performing Arts Readiness, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Portland Alliance for Response works with local cultural institutions, first responders, and emergency managers in the Portland, Oregon, metro area to develop relationships that foster mutual understanding. The grant will allow the Alliance to expand its reach to include performing arts organizations in a cooperative network to safeguard our cultural heritage and artistic legacy through effective communication and coordination of disaster preparedness and emergency response efforts.


Over the next several months, we will work with a consultant to create an organizational structure and strategic goals. Our planning process will culminate in a networking event in 2019 to build membership from a broad array of performing arts organizations, libraries, archives, museums, emergency management agencies, and first response services.


Read the full release here.


Updated Forum Planning Handbook

Posted on: November 29th, 2018 by Jessica Unger | AFR

A new forum planning handbook is available to assist those interested in holding their own kick-off forum to establish an Alliance for Response network. The handbook includes links to updated sample documents and will shares lessons learned from the establishment of past networks.

“Hurricanes, Earthquakes, and Active Shooter Situations – Arts and Cultural Community Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Recovery”

Posted on: October 13th, 2017 by Jessica Unger | AFR, Ohio

Northeast Ohio Alliance for Response presents:
“Hurricanes, Earthquakes, and Active Shooter Situations – Arts and Cultural Community Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Recovery”


This year we are fortunate to have Tom Clareson, Senior Consultant for Digital & Preservation Services at LYRASIS and Project Director for Performing Arts Readiness, presenting a program on planning for risks and disasters affecting institutional collections.


We see wildfires, earthquakes, riots, and active shooter situations on the news, and cannot ignore the possibility of a disastrous event happening at our own organization. At the same time across the country, experts are saying that the speed with which libraries, museums, archives and the arts are recovering from hurricanes Harvey and Irma is much faster than with previous regional disasters, and collaboration is the key!


Tom will talk about a variety of new initiatives for disaster preparedness and recovery which focus on working across the Arts and Cultural Heritage communities. The presentation will include information on a variety of grants available to your community for both disaster planning and recovery. The session also includes facilitated discussion on developing disaster plans and networks.


October 24, 2017
10:30 AM – Noon
ICA will provide coffee and donuts for the program. Afterwards, stay and enjoy a brief tour of interesting projects in our labs. You are then welcome to join the group for lunch across the street at Saucy Brew Works. (link: https://www.saucybrewworks.com/)


ICA – Art Conservation
2915 Detroit Rd
Cleveland, OH 44113

Please note: the entrance to our lab facility is in the rear of the building off Church Ave, across from the Transformer Station. Look for our blue door. ICA does not have its own parking lot, and the Transformer Station prohibits parking in their lot except for those visiting their museum. Free parking is available on the streets throughout our neighborhood.


Museums, historical societies, libraries, archives, and performing arts organizations.


Free! There is no cost to attend, but space is limited. Please RSVP by October 20th to Stephanie Petcavage, Program Associate, so that we may adequately accommodate the group. Contact Stephanie via phone at (216) 658-8700, or email to spetcavage@ica-artconservation.org.

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:

Apple App Store:

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!