‘SHEP’ Headline Archives

Participate in EMI’s Flooding Virtual Tabletop Exercise (VTTX)

Posted on: January 12th, 2015 by Jessica Unger | SHEP

Flooding is the most common disaster our communities face, and as such, we should all be prepared to respond. As part of the 2015 VTTX series, FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute is conducting a four-hour exercise to help participants better coordinate their response operations with counterparts from local governments, state governments, federal agencies, private-sector organizations, and nongovernmental organizations. This March 2015 exercise will provide another excellent opportunity for state cultural agencies to engage with their emergency management agency (and vice versa) to incorporate cultural and historic resources into a well-run exercise.

Click here for more information. The deadline for your EMA to apply to participate in this exercise is March 13, 2015.


Are You Prepared for 2015?

Posted on: December 29th, 2014 by Jessica Unger | SHEP

Now is an excellent time to take stock of your preparedness measures and explore new tools to supplement your existing emergency planning. FEMA has launched a new mobile site, increasing functionality on the move. Access to a desktop is frequently limited during a disaster and FEMA’s push to go mobile is augmented by other resources, like data.disasters.gov, which is a portal for disaster-related datasets and tools for innovative preparedness activities. FEMA has compiled a list of apps and other tools that provide disaster support on the cutting edge of technology. Ready.gov is launching a new campaign, Resolve to be Ready, which includes a series of social media–ready activities and tools. Start off the New Year right and be prepared for anything in 2015.

Hold the Weather Jokes – Things are Getting Serious

Posted on: December 8th, 2014 by Jessica Unger | SHEP

From record snowfalls in Buffalo, New York, to unseasonable lows in other regions to strange shifts in weather from bitterly cold to pleasantly warm – everyone is feeling it. A report out of the World Bank Group reveals that these weather occurrences will very likely become the new normal. This is a result of global warming. In the report titled Turn Down the Heat: Confronting the New Climate Normal, the World Bank Group explains the real tangible impacts of global warming. Read more here.

National Continuity Programs Webinar Now Available              

Posted on: December 5th, 2014 by Jessica Unger | SHEP

FEMA’s “Continuity Tools and Support” webinar is now available to be viewed here. Presented by Eric Kretz, Continuity of Operations Division Director, the webinar covers current and upcoming initiatives in the continuity community. A brief overview of continuity planning is followed by discussion of resources and publications created by the division.

For more information on continuity planning, view Heritage Preservation’s webinar on Continuity Planning here. Presenter Kiran Dhanji, Preparedness Section Administrator in the Texas Division of Emergency Management, focuses on the development of continuity plans specific to cultural institutions.

Asian Art Museum Proactively Addresses Earthquake Concerns  

Posted on: December 1st, 2014 by Jessica Unger | SHEP

In preparation for a three-month exhibit, “Roads of Arabia,” which would prominently feature 8-foot-tall Arabian sandstone colossi, the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco sought new ways to protect the statues. While the museum itself is equipped with a number of features, including base isolators, to prevent earthquakes from damaging the collections, the scale of the colossi presented a challenge to traditional means of reducing risks. By using a system of thin, sliding plates concealed within the display podium, the museum hopes that in the event of an earthquake the colossi would be able to safely move, independent of the building structure, and remain upright. The system was designed by EQX Global and museum staff will be working with researchers from UC San Diego to measure any potential seismic activity and its effect on the colossi. Not only could the steps taken by the museum preserve these two artifacts, but if proven successful, the technology could be applied to other large collection items to protect them from earthquakes.

To read more about the exhibit and the Asian Art Museum’s disaster preparedness steps, click here. To read more about earthquake preparedness, see previous SHEP posts here.

Federal Disaster Recovery Assistance from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for Private, Nonprofit Organizations Webinar Approaching

Posted on: November 26th, 2014 by Jessica Unger | SHEP

There is still one week to register to attend the Federal Disaster Recovery Assistance from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for Private, Nonprofit Organizations webinar, presented by Heritage Preservation and Mark Randle, Small Business Administration Public Information Officer. The webinar will take place on Wednesday, December 3, from 3:00 – 4:30 EST. For more information, see our previous post about this series of webinars, or register here.

Climate Change Toolkit Offers Insight into Potential Hazards

Posted on: November 24th, 2014 by Jessica Unger | SHEP

Climate change is resulting in unpredictable and severe weather. In addition to increased risk of wildfires and drought, sea level rise will affect millions. The U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit provides information on how to prepare for and mitigate the potential hazards of climate change. The toolkit includes planning assistance, case studies, and links to training opportunities. The Climate Explorer tool shows areas of climate change impact and stresses, along with a discussion of how different regions might be impacted. Just as we look to the historical record to evaluate the hazards that may affect our institutions and organizations, the Climate Resilience Toolkit gives us an opportunity to discover future hazards. Embrace a “climate-smart approach” and make sure you’re prepared for the challenges that climate change may bring to your community. For an overview of the contents of the Toolkit, a one-page flyer is available here to share, or view the Toolkit online here.

Bill in House to Protect Cultural Property  

Posted on: November 18th, 2014 by Jessica Unger | SHEP

Legislation to protect cultural property worldwide and curb ISIL funding by prohibiting import of Syrian antiquities was introduced into the House by Representatives Eliot L. Engel (D-NY) and Chris Smith (R-NJ) on November 13, 2014. The Protect and Preserve International Cultural Property Act (H.R. 5703) would take steps to coordinate efforts across governments to preserve cultural artifacts where they may be threatened by conflict, instability, or natural disaster. The full text of the bill, which notes the role of the Smithsonian Institution, can be found here.

Mitigation and Mitigation Planning  

Posted on: November 14th, 2014 by Jessica Unger | SHEP

Mitigation is a subject often overlooked until a disaster comes to pass. Yesterday, Scott Baldwin, Mitigation Specialist with the Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, presented a terrific webinar on the subject. Some of the topics Scott covered included the importance of establishing a relationship with your local emergency manager and planning committee, hazard identification and risk assessment, and funding that might be available in the event of a major disaster. For private nonprofits (PNPs), funding is available through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP); other funding programs include Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM), Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA). Flood mitigation is notably in the news today: FEMA awarded a hazard mitigation grant to the village of Glenview, Illinois, to acquire and demolish flood prone structures.

If you missed the webinar, it is available online in its entirety here, along with many resources to help you get cultural resources incorporated into local mitigation plans.

This webinar is the second in a series produced with support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. For more information on future webinars, see “Disaster and Continuity Planning and Preparedness” and “Federal Disaster Recovery Assistance from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for Private, Nonprofit Organizations.”

Mitigation and Mitigation Planning Webinar Today; Disaster and Continuity Planning and Preparedness Webinar Approaching;

Posted on: November 13th, 2014 by Jessica Unger | SHEP

There is still time to register to attend the Mitigation and Mitigation Planning webinar, with Scott Baldwin, Mitigation Specialist, Colorado Office of Emergency Management. The webinar will take place today from 3:00 – 4:30 EST. For more information on what topics will be covered, click here and register here.

There is still one week to register to attend the Disaster and Continuity Planning and Preparedness webinar, presented by Heritage Preservation and Kiran Dhanji, Section Administrator, Preparedness, Texas Division of Emergency Management. The webinar will take place on Thursday, November 20, from 3:00 – 4:30 EST. For more information, see our previous post about this series of webinars, or register here.