Posts Tagged ‘conference’

SHER Session at CEMA 2016 Hurricane Conference

Posted on: April 7th, 2016 by Jessica Unger | Savannah, GA

We encourage you to attend the day-long conference Chatham Emergency Management Agency (CEMA) Hurricane Conference on Tuesday, April 19 from 8am-5pm. Breakfast, lunch, and door prize are included. Click here to register. However, you can also attend just our session, at 2:30pm, for free.


At the SHER session, Frances Harrell from the Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCCwill be talking about “COSTEP Massachusetts: Mitigation for Memory”. In 2011, Coordinated Statewide Emergency Prep, Massachusetts (COSTEP MA) was awarded a three year Hazard Mitigation Grant from FEMA. Our session will provide a case study of the grant project, which was a set of five Emergency Planning workshops and 15 community meetings across Massachusetts.  After the case study, Frances will help facilitate a community meeting for SHER members. Participants should leave the session energized about collaborative preparedness in Savannah.

Florida Association of Museums Presentation

Posted on: September 30th, 2015 by Jessica Unger | Miami, FL

Robin Bauer Kilgo and Steve Detwiler presented a program called “Is Your Museum Ready for Emergencies/Disasters” at the Florida Association of Museums Annual Conference in St. Petersburg. You can view the presentation here.

IFCPP Conference

Posted on: July 22nd, 2014 by Jessica Unger | AFR

The International Foundation for Cultural Property Protection (IFCPP) is holding its 15th Annual Conference, Seminar, Exhibits & Certification Program in beautiful Colorado, August 9 – 14. Among the many presenters, the Smithsonian Institution will host a general session on Benchmarking Museum Security. Visit IFCPP’s website to explore all the offerings and then saddle up to attend!

Forming Disaster Networks to Be Topic of Conference Session

Posted on: July 8th, 2014 by Jessica Unger | SHEP

As emergency planning systems have grown more sophisticated, museums, libraries, and historic sites are challenged to develop effective responses to large disasters. A session at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) will discuss the importance of forming networks for response and training, provide tips for starting new networks, and offer suggestions for fostering relationships with emergency management personnel.

The panel session will feature presenters Dyani Feige of the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts (CCAHA), who will moderate the session and discuss the Pennsylvania Cultural Resilience Network (PaCRN); LeRae Umfleet, Office of Archives and History, North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, who will talk about North Carolina’s Cultural Resources Emergency Support Team (CREST); Pat Young, Disaster Research Center, University of Delaware, and current chair of the Delaware Disaster Assistance Team (DDAT), who will discuss DDAT’s formation and structure as well as lessons learned along its six-year history; and Kathy Craughwell-Varda, Project Director of Conservation ConneCTion, Connecticut State Library, who will discuss their accomplishments, which include increasing awareness of the need for all cultural heritage institutions to be disaster ready and laying the foundation for mutual aid.

Some of the panelists participated in the Philadelphia State Heritage Emergency Partnership forum in 2013. The AASLH Annual Meeting will be held September 17–20, 2014, in St. Paul, Minnesota. Early bird registration for the meeting ends July 25.

Maine Emergency Management Agency Conference

Posted on: April 18th, 2014 by Jessica Unger | SHEP

Maine Emergency Management Agency’s Partners in Emergency Preparedness Conference will take place April 22-23 at the Augusta Civic Center.

Over the course of two days, panels will feature a variety of approaches to emergency preparedness. (See the action-packed agenda here). The very first session on Tuesday, April 22, at 8:30 am, includes a panel entitled Talking with the Firefighter, Listening to the Museum Director.  Led by Ellen Dyer (Cultural Emergency Resource Coalition), Heidi Leinonen (Lincoln County Emergency Management Agency), and Julia Clark (Curator of Collections at the Abbe Museum and Assistant Fire Chief of the Orland Fire Department), this panel will look at priorities, responsibilities, and communication needs of emergency responders and cultural stewards.

Those who are interested in attending the conference can register at the door.

SHER Updates

Posted on: May 25th, 2010 by Jessica Unger | Savannah, GA

SHER held a workshop entitled “Partners in Preparedness: Cultural Heritage Sites and the Emergency Response Community” at the Chatham County Hurricane Conference on May 24th, 2010. The workshop featured Lori Foley, Vice President for Emergency Programs with Heritage Preservation. SHER was represented at Heritage Preservation’s 2010 Leadership Forum in Philadelphia and will be featured again at the Forum on Denver in 2011. Lori provided up-to-date insights on the effectiveness of Alliances between the cultural heritage community and emergency management personnel based on the many recent incidents around the country. Following the workshop there was a breakout planning session to discuss what actions need to be taken this year to facilitate preparedness and disaster recovery plans for the cultural community in Chatham County.


Because of the collaboration between SHER and the Chatham Emergency Management Agency, SHER volunteers who have completed training will work at the Emergency Operations Center during a disaster event. This provides an opportunity for SHER volunteers to alert staff of cultural heritage sites who have evacuated to damage that may have occurred at their sites. This advance knowledge will enable staff to implement their disaster and recovery plans and make provisions for repairs and/or salvage operations.


This system only works if contact information is current and updated annually. For this reason we are asking you to resubmit your SHER membership form. Please complete and return the membership document at your earliest possible convenience.


In addition to the membership form there is a survey requesting you to give us feedback about the kind of training and information you would like. The survey will only take a few minutes to complete.