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Texas Cultural Emergency Response Alliance Workshop

Posted on: July 28th, 2016 by Jessica Unger | Texas

Explore the agenda for the upcoming workshop organized by TX-CERA, to be held on August 1 and 2 from 9:00 am to 4:15 pm at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

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


Intro to Emergency Response & Recovery of Material Cultural Objects – TX-CERA Workshop

Posted on: July 14th, 2016 by Jessica Unger | Texas

An Introduction to Emergency Response and Recovery of Material Cultural Objects

Mon, Jun 13, 2016 at 9:00 AM – Denton, Texas

The purpose of this one-day workshop was to introduce participants to emergency response and recovery for material cultural objects in private and museum collections. Participants learned protocols for responding to disaster scenes and working with local emergency responders. Health and safety issues associated with disasters and collection techniques associated with various types of material collections were also covered. The day ended with a museum mock-disaster table-top exercise and a question/answer session with the instructors.


  • Building a Response Team
  • Entry into a Disaster Scene
  • Health and Safety Issues Associated with Disasters
  • Collections-Specific Salvage Techniques
  • Resources, connections and networking
  • Table top exercise

Instructors: Steve Pine, Jessica Philips and Melanie Sanford



TX-CERA Creation

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

The State of Texas Alliance for Response Team (of Dallas) and the Galveston–Houston Area Alliance for Response have merged to become the Texas Cultural Emergency Response Alliance (TX-CERA). A new steering committee and advisory committee have been formed and new programming is planned. Thirty-five museum professionals from around the state have registered to be trained as collections first responders. The first training workshop will be held in Austin during the summer of 2014.

Galveston-Houston AFR Second Forum

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

On July 26, the Galveston-Houston Alliance for Response held its second forum, which focused on the cultural community’s response to Hurricane Sandy. Some 300 library, archives, and museum professionals based in 10 counties in the Houston and Galveston areas were invited to share expertise and resources at this disaster preparedness event. The conference reviewed the details of Hurricane Sandy’s impact on the New York City arts community and its implications for a response to a future storm along the Gulf Coast.

On September 11, the AFR Houston group teamed with the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation (FAIC) to host a workshop on Emergency Planning and Mitigation Strategies for Historic Sites. The workshop enabled small institutions to gain valuable knowledge of disaster preparedness and response and to establish a relationship with a regional AIC-CERT team member before an incident occurs.

AFR Houston has also created a new steering committee called START and is working to step up its network. Six new members have been added to the steering committee, which will be responsible for organizing training programs, seeking program funds, connecting with local and state offices of emergency management, and supporting the growth of START. The committee will also work to create and train a volunteer response group that can assist AFR members in response and recovery as well as improve the readiness of their own institutions. It will operate under the umbrella of AFR and will collaborate with AIC-CERT when necessary. It will be called the Texas Collections Emergency Response Team (TX-CERT).

Free Webinar on Disaster Plans in Honor of MayDay

Posted on: May 1st, 2012 by Jessica Unger | Texas

The webinar featured Greg Gelberg, business application administrator at the J. Paul Getty Trust, who explained how he organized the Getty’s extensive disaster and recovery plans using Atlassian, a wiki-style software application.

ICS Training

Posted on: April 11th, 2012 by Jessica Unger | Texas

Training on the Incident Command System, followed by discussion

State of Texas Alliance for Response (START) Meeting Agenda

Posted on: November 30th, 2004 by Jessica Unger | Texas

Northern Texas Alliance for Response Meeting

Posted on: September 20th, 2004 by Jessica Unger | Texas