Plan an Alliance for Response Forum
The Alliance for Response Kick-Off Forum
Alliance for Response activity begins with a one-day forum for cultural leaders and emergency professionals.
A local committee organizes and implements an AFR kick-off forum with guidance from the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation. A lead institution recruits a forum planning committee representing the city’s cultural heritage, civic, and emergency response communities. It is important that the planning committee membership – like the audience for the forum – be diverse in terms of the types of institutions represented (archives, libraries, museums, and historic sites) and their governance (nonprofit, university, state, municipal institutions). Representation from the emergency management community is essential.
In addition to inviting leaders of cultural institutions to your forum, be sure to invite:
- Your local fire chief, fire marshal, and fire station captains.
- Local emergency management coordinator, police chief, and mayor.
- Leaders of your regional and/or state archives, emergency management, historic preservation, library, and museum associations.
Inform the offices and associations linked to below about your efforts. They might have suggestions for speakers or invitees and could be involved in follow-up efforts.
- State Archives
- State Library
- National, Regional, and State Museum Associations
- State Historic Preservation Office
- Tribal Historic Preservation Office
- State Arts Council
- State Humanities Council
- State Emergency Management Agency
- State Chief Information Office
- Federal Emergency Management Agency regional office
- National Park Service regional offices and units
The following resources provide guidance and examples:
- Updated Forum Planning Handbook (PDF)
- Forum agendas, 2003–present (PDF)
- Breakout Group Discussion Questions (PDF)
If you are interested in hosting an Alliance for Response kick-off forum, contact email@example.com.