‘New York City, NY’ Headline Archives
Is New York City ready for future natural disasters? That’s the question posed in this series by The Guardian, where experts share their knowledge of what NYC is doing to prepare for natural disasters since Hurricane Sandy. The series will interview scientists, emergency practitioners, and others in an effort to paint a complete picture of the many people working to prep the Big Apple for coming storms.
On September 23, 2014, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will convene world leaders for a Climate Change Summit at UN Headquarters. In recognition of that event, AFR NYC, METRO, and the United Nations are co-sponsoring a related event on September 11 that addresses climate change and local preparedness by the library, archives, and museum communities in light of Superstorm Sandy. For more information and to register for the September 11 event, click here.
This program presents an excellent opportunity to highlight your organization’s commitment to the safety and well-being of your employees and their families. Join OEM and organizations across New York City as we seek to make our city the most prepared in the world.
With generous support from the New York Community Trust, AFR NYC is currently at work on a two-year action plan that focuses on: developing a comprehensive emergency response plan for its network; creating and training a local heritage response team; building an electronic management system that will facilitate the deployment of that response team; and enhancing communication with its constituents through a new website and other online channels.
With generous funding from the New York Community Trust (NYCT), Heritage Preservation and Alliance for Response NYC have launched a two-year initiative to develop key tools to improve emergency communication within the New York cultural community and train and manage a local Heritage Response Team to respond to disasters at local institutions.To kick off this initiative, AFR NYC has launched a new Facebook page for announcements, useful links, tips, and articles. Please visit, “like,” and share!
NYCT funding has enabled AFR NYC to partner with a local web production firm to build a robust infrastructure that will support an online registry of local cultural organizations. Access to these resources will be provided through a new website, currently in development.
On October 7, 2013, AFR NYC will participate in a panel discussion at the New York Archives Week Symposium: Disaster Planning for Archives and their Communities at the Center for Jewish History. The panel is entitled The Impact of Cultural Collecting Institutions on Their Communities, and will be presented in conjunction with representatives from Philadelphia’s Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts. The co-chair of COSTEP MA will also participate on a panel entitled Preparing Emergency and Cultural Resources Personnel to Respond During and Following a Disaster.
A program held at the New York Public Library focusing on understanding the effectiveness of vendors’ recovery plans, as well as the pros and cons of using a vendor to develop a disaster recovery plan.
A program presented at the Rubin Museum of Art with panel presentation and breakout sessions focused on needs assessment and disaster preparedness.
A field trip to Rapid Refile’s national headquarters in Allentown, PA.
Members attended the National Disaster Recovery Framework Forum and the New York Office of Emergency Management conference Emergency Preparedness Strategies for Organizations in New York City
A presentation given by the steering committee at the NYC Office of Emergency Management.