Northwest Pennsylvania


The Northwest Pennsylvania Alliance for Response works with libraries, museums, archives, and arts/cultural/historical agencies to help them prepare for and respond to incidents ranging from minor emergencies to major disasters. AFR NW PA is centered in Erie, PA, but reaches out to institutions in Clarion, Crawford, Erie, Forest, Mercer, Venango, and Warren Counties. With strong support and participation from the emergency management, risk management, and disaster recovery vendor communities of Northwest PA, the group provides training, advice, and support for institutional disaster planning activities and serves as a forum for collaborative activity.


Counties Serviced: Erie, Crawford, Forest, Warren, Venango


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Steering Committee


Joseph Popp, Exhibits & Archives Supervisor, Erie Insurance Heritage Center

Vice Chair
Laura Roush, Archivist & Curator, Erie Insurance Heritage Center

Past Chair
Alan Bartlett, Systems Librarian, Allegheny College

Secretary and Communications
Katie Quirin, Ridge Archivist, Mercyhurst University
Ally Thomas, Education Coordinator, Erie Art Museum

Programming and Membership
Melinda Meyer, Program Director, Erie Arts & Culture & Representative Member, Erie Yesterday
Susan Beates, Historian/Curator, Drake Well Museum



Erie Alliance for Response Kick-off Forum

June 6, 2013

Raymond M. Blasco, M.D. Memorial Library Auditorium


Agenda (PDF)

Summary (PDF)

Participant List (PDF)


PowerPoint Presentations

The Alliance for Response Initiative, Lori Foley, Heritage Preservation

Local, State, and Regional Disaster Threats, Miriam Meislik, University of Pittsburgh

The Emergency Management Perspective, Dale Robinson, emergency management coordinator, Erie County Department of Public Safety

Local Resources for Disaster Response, Dyani Feige, Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts

Building Your Disaster Recovery Network: Heritage Protection Partnerships in Pennsylvania, Tom Clareson, LYRASIS


PowerPoint presentations are not for publication.


Summary of NWPA Alliance for Response Events

February 15, 2017

Kick-Off Forum – June 16, 2013, Raymond M Blasco, M.D. Memorial Library Auditorium NWPA Alliance for Response Fall Meeting – November 8, 2013, Erie County […]

Mission, Vision, and Goals

March 29, 2016

MISSION The Northwestern Pennsylvania Alliance for Response aims to link the cultural heritage institutions of Erie, Crawford, Beaver, Forrest, Venango and Warren with emergency response […]

New social media

February 12, 2016

Hello Northwest PA AFR! As our chapter expands and plans events, updates will be posted to our new Facebook page. Make sure to follow the […]

Erie County Historical Society Hosts Preparedness Activities

April 15, 2014

Northwest Pennsylvania Alliance for Response (NWPA AFR) held its inaugural meeting on June 6, 2013, in Erie. Building on the success of that meeting, NWPA […]

Launch of the NW PA Network

October 30, 2013

The Northwest Pennsylvania Alliance for Response held its kickoff forum at the Raymond M. Blasco, M.D. Memorial Library in Erie, PA, on June 6, 2013. […]

Northwest Pennsylvania Archives