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).

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