‘Savannah, GA’ Headline Archives

SHER Records Emergency Planning and Response (REPR)

Posted on: September 9th, 2016 by Jessica Unger | Savannah, GA

Offered by the Georgia Archives
9:30am-3:30pm on October 6th, 2016

Lunch will be provided plus a behind-the-scenes tour of the Archives. The cost is only $10. Click here for more information. Download the registration form here.

The Georgia Archives previously presented the IPER Essential Records (ER) overview course last April. We intend to offer both full IPER courses in 2017.

If you have any questions about the IPER courses or the registration process for this course, please contact Christine Garrett, Georgia Archives Electronic Records Manager.


SHER Session at CEMA 2016 Hurricane Conference

Posted on: April 7th, 2016 by Jessica Unger | Savannah, GA

We encourage you to attend the day-long conference Chatham Emergency Management Agency (CEMA) Hurricane Conference on Tuesday, April 19 from 8am-5pm. Breakfast, lunch, and door prize are included. Click here to register. However, you can also attend just our session, at 2:30pm, for free.


At the SHER session, Frances Harrell from the Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCCwill be talking about “COSTEP Massachusetts: Mitigation for Memory”. In 2011, Coordinated Statewide Emergency Prep, Massachusetts (COSTEP MA) was awarded a three year Hazard Mitigation Grant from FEMA. Our session will provide a case study of the grant project, which was a set of five Emergency Planning workshops and 15 community meetings across Massachusetts.  After the case study, Frances will help facilitate a community meeting for SHER members. Participants should leave the session energized about collaborative preparedness in Savannah.

SHER’s Future

Posted on: April 22nd, 2015 by Jessica Unger | AFR, Savannah, GA

Leadership at SHER, the Savannah Heritage Emergency Response network, has been working behind the scenes to ensure that SHER continues its vital functions despite poor attendance at its workshops. After a meeting with the Coastal Museums Association (CMA) Executive Board, they are proposing that SHER become an affiliate of CMA through a memorandum of agreement.  In essence, they are proposing the following changes:

  • The SHER membership drive will be folded into the CMA membership drive. This means less paperwork each year.
  • SHER membership will continue to be free and available to any CMA member as well as first responders, CEMA officials, and related businesses.
  • One CMA program per year will be devoted to disaster response training and information.
  • SHER will also conduct one or two independent trainings or workshops as demand dictates, e.g., the Chatham Emergency Management Agency (CEMA) Hurricane Conference.

Laura Seifert, SHER Chair, will be sending the proposed memorandum of agreement and subsequent proposed bylaws changes to the membership for review and vote. For more information about this AFR network, visit SHER’s website.



2015 Savannah Citywide Hurricane Exercise

Posted on: April 20th, 2015 by Jessica Unger | Savannah, GA

On April 28, the City of Savannah, Georgia, will hold its annual Hurricane Exercise at the Savannah Civic Center, 8:30am–2:30pm. This year, the exercise includes four breakout groups, including one intended specifically for historical and cultural sites to discuss their plans, concerns, and intentions for re-entering and assessing facilities in Savannah after a major hurricane. An overview of the exercise, including a tentative agenda is available for download here. For more information about the exercise, contact Dan Stowers, Emergency Management Director for the City of Savannah.



SHER Moves Towards Easier Communication with Listserv Management

Posted on: April 15th, 2014 by Jessica Unger | AFR, Savannah, GA

At the beginning of 2014, Savannah Heritage Emergency Response (SHER) elected one new and two returning officers to two-year terms. They also have two new committees – a Membership Committee and the (revived) Training and Education Committee. The Membership Committee continues to work on the annual membership drive by following up with potential or lapsed members via phone calls. The Training and Education Committee is scheduling upcoming programs, including the annual SHER session at the Chatham County Hurricane Conference in late April.

SHER is also taking steps to improve communications and membership connections through easier listserv management (via MailChimp). All of these are steps towards making SHER more sustainable over the long term by distributing the work load.

SHER Continues Work on Mutual Aid Agreements

Posted on: October 30th, 2013 by Jessica Unger | AFR, Savannah, GA

During the Savannah Heritage Emergency Response (SHER) September meeting, Rebecca Fifield from the Metropolitan Museum of Art presented on her experiences during Hurricane Sandy. Rebecca teleconferenced from New York City into their Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Annex. The meeting gave everyone the chance to see the EOC, get a brief tour, and gain a better understanding of how the EOC works.

SHER has nearly finished its work on the county’s Emergency Operations Plan, NCH11c Annex. The Chatham County Emergency Management Agency (CEMA) will follow this plan during an emergency. As part of this process, SHER solicited help from the Natural Resources constituents in Savannah and offered them SHER membership in return. The SHER by-laws allow for both natural and cultural organizations, and this is an excellent way to gain a greater range of resources and expertise. SHER has also been working, for the past year, to create mutual aid agreements, and is very pleased with the result.

SHER Annual Meeting

Posted on: April 5th, 2011 by Jessica Unger | Savannah, GA

On April 5, 2011, SHER held its first Annual Meeting at the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace Carriage House. The agenda is available here.

SHER Workshop on Insurance and Appraisal

Posted on: January 18th, 2011 by Jessica Unger | Savannah, GA

On January 18, 2011, SHER held a workshop on Insurance and Appraisal for Disaster Recovery for Cultural Heritage Organizations at the Fox Theatre. Morning speakers included Jeff Minett and Lynn March, Senior Vice Presidents with Aon/Huntington T. Block Insurance Agency, who spoke about coverage, exclusions, evaluation, incoming and outgoing loans, terminology, certificates of insurance, notice of loss, arbitration, and how to reduce the financial impact of a risk. In the afternoon Debra Freer, Senior Appraiser with Aaron Appraisal Services in Atlanta, GA, discussed appraisal of fine art, decorative art, and antiques and insights from her appraisal of the Fox Theatre’s collection in Atlanta.

SHER Quarterly Meeting

Posted on: October 13th, 2010 by Jessica Unger | Savannah, GA

The SHER quarterly meeting, held at the Beach Institute–African American Cultural Center, discussed the most likely hazards in Savannah using the Risk Prioritization Worksheet from Heritage Preservation’s Risk Evaluation and Planning Program (REPP).

SHER Business Meeting and Presentation

Posted on: July 28th, 2010 by Jessica Unger | Savannah, GA

At the SHER business meeting held at the Beach Institute–African American Cultural Center, Brad Douglas, Commissioner of the Department of Administrative Services, presented a PPT talk on Georgia’s Emergency Records Recovery & Facility Mitigation Services Contract.