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In honor of MayDay, HERA (Heritage Emergency Response Alliance) in Atlanta put together an excellent program on planning and wet salvage. After hearing a talk from AIC-CERT responder Ann Frellsen, participants split into groups of five for a wet salvage exercise. The activity tested participants on their ability to implement the Incident Command System, as well as their skills in putting their resources to best use. Read more about the excellent program on HERA’s website.
Every year, libraries, museums, archives, historical societies, and preservation organizations set aside May 1 to participate in MayDay. Next month, the AFR Atlanta network, HERA (Heritage Emergency Response Alliance), will mark MayDay with an all-day wet salvage recovery workshop at the Georgia Archives. This hands-on workshop, taught by collections conservator and AIC-CERT member Ann Frellsen, will give participants experience in dealing with the aftermath of water damage and the recovery of waterlogged materials. Visit HERA’s website for more information.
Beginning this year, the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (FAIC), is leading the charge to get organizations to do one thing for emergency preparedness. In the works are disaster preparedness tips and a free May 1 Connecting to Collections Care webinar, “What Next? Emergency Response and Recovery for Small and Mid-sized Institutions.”
Visit the new home of the MayDay initiative for more information. Join the MayDay Movement!
As HERA reported in mid-August, the fire continued to burn for another week due to a deposit of coal in the basement of the courthouse. Hancock County officials, architects, and disaster recovery experts completed initial damage assessments last week. For a description of the damage and plans for moving forward, visit HERA’s blog – and sign up, too!
In the early morning hours of August 11, 2014, the 1881 Hancock County Courthouse in Sparta, GA, caught fire. The salvage of records has not yet been possible because coal stored in the basement continues to burn. Visit HERA’s website and sign up to follow the blog for the latest updates.
In May the Atlanta Heritage Emergency Response Alliance (HERA) plans to participate in the statewide exercise Hurrex 2014. They are working with an ESF-11 coordinator to draft injects related to cultural collections for the drill. Over the summer, their Education Committee is planning to organize a program for the network.
The HERA team is currently working with the Savannah Heritage Emergency Response (SHER) network on developing a memorandum of agreement. Both groups have now approved the text and are awaiting final approval from membership.
HERA is planning a spring program on April 25, 2012, at the Woodruff Library on the Emory University Campus. Katy Malone of ArtsReady.org will speak about her organization’s program, a web-based emergency preparedness platform designed for arts and cultural organizations. Following this presentation will be a discussion on the various types of fire suppression systems commonly used. Chris Paton, Archivist at the John Bulow Campbell Library of Columbia Theological Seminary, will elaborate on the FM-200 system. Staff from the Georgia Archives and Emory University Libraries will also share their experience with the Ansul Sapphire system. For more information, please contact Merri Torre at firstname.lastname@example.org.
HERA met on Friday, May 20th, 2011, at the Georgia Archives for a discussion about the Incident Command System (ICS) and the Intergovernmental Preparedness of Essential Records (IPER) project. Guest speakers included David Carmicheal, Director of the Georgia Archives, who covered ICS training for cultural institutions, the subject of his newest book; and Irene VanBavel, Program Officer for IPER, who reported on the nation-wide successes of this project.
HERA’s February 24, 2011, meeting covered the following agenda items: Heritage Preservation’s November 30, 2010 AFR Leadership Institute in Philadelphia, reports from the Membership, Education, and Communications Committees, HERA’s by-laws, and brainstorming about future directions. Draft minutes of the meeting held at LYRASIS are available here. The by-laws are available on HERA’s Network home page.
The December 15 meeting featured John Thomason, who spoke about the new state “Contract to Assist with Vital Records Recovery Following Disasters,” and Christine Wiseman, who spoke about the importance of completing the Pocket Response Plan, or PReP. A summary of the meeting, held at the Atlanta History Center, is available here.