Summary of NWPA Alliance for Response Events

Posted on: February 15th, 2017 by Jessica Unger | Northwest PA

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 Historical Society Watson-Curtze Mansion

NWPA Alliance for Response Spring Meeting – May 13, 2014, Erie County Historical Society Watson-Curtze Mansion

NWPA Alliance for Response Fall Meeting – September 4, 2014, Erie Art Museum

No Meetings in 2015 but some of us attended the CCAHA Hands-On Disaster Workshop held at the Erie Art Museum on June 18, 2015

NWPA Alliance for Response Spring Event – May 20, 2016, Erie Insurance Heritage Center

NWPA Alliance for Response Fall Event – October 25, 2016 Venango Museum of Science and Industry

 

Events with Synopsis of program:

Kick-off forum – (see http://www.heritageemergency.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Erie-Agenda.pdf)

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Fall 2013 – Watson Curtze Mansion
Activities at the meeting will include:

 

  • Touring our meeting site with preservation professionals and local emergency first responders – a practical Risk/Vulnerability assessment.
  • A brief presentation on “Winterizing Your Building and Collections” with tips on building and collections safety during the winter months.
  • A short business meeting to bring everyone up to date on a new Alliance for Response program to cover all groups in Pennsylvania, as well as new developments for our group in the Erie area.
  • A Disaster Plan Writing and Review Clinic:  Bring your existing plans to be reviewed, and if you do not have one, find out about templates and samples you can easily complete.  Also, hear about free services available year-around to review and help institutions with disaster plan development

 

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Spring 2014 : Watson Curtze Mansion

Activities planned for the meeting include:

 

  • An update on the new “Pennsylvania Cultural Resilience Network” grant-funded project given by Dyani Fiege of the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts (CCAHA), the organization which is managing the program.
  • A discussion on Implementing Your Disaster Plan – Staff Training, Updating, and Funding your plan, along with other issues about sustaining disaster planning efforts at your institution.
  • A round-robin with updates on disaster planning activities from Northwest PA cultural heritage institutions

 

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Fall 2014: Erie Art Museum

Activities at the meeting will include:

*   Instruction and practice utilizing fire extinguishers, led by Erie Fire Inspector John Widomski
*   A presentation by Gary Sullivan, VP of Property and Subrogation Claims at Erie Insurance, on insurance issues for cultural heritage organizations
*   A short business meeting to bring everyone up to date on the new statewide Alliance for Response program to cover all groups in Pennsylvania, and its introduction in Erie in November

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Spring 2016: Erie Insurance Heritage Center

At the Heritage Center, we’ll:

  • Tour the new facility and exhibit spaces
  • Get to know the NW PA Alliance for Response leadership team
  • Learn more about emergency preparedness across the state
  • Meet and network with colleagues from the cultural and emergency management communities

 

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Fall 2016: Venango Museum of Science & Industry

Event agenda will include:
1:00 – 2:00 Archival Material Recovery – Tom Clareson, Senior Consultant for Digital & Preservation Services, LYRASIS
2:10 – 3:30 “What I Learned the Day my Nightmare Came True” Panel Presentation/Discussion – Panelists: Susan Beates, Historian/Curator, Drake Well Museum; Betsy Kellner, Executive Director, Venango Museum of Art, Science and Industry; Vance Lupher, Registrar, Erie Art Museum; Michelle Gray, Managing Director, Warren County Historical Society
3:40 – 4:30 Emergency Response Resources (“Who ya gonna call?”) – Tom Clareson

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