Posts Tagged ‘EOC’
The Colorado Cultural and Historic Resources Alliance (CCAHRA) coordinated assistance for cultural and historic resources at the state Emergency Operations Center during Colorado’s fires and floods in 2013. The group heralds a number of successes. When a museum suddenly found itself in a mandatory evacuation zone during the Black Forest Fire, CCAHRA arranged a police escort for museum staff into the evacuation zone so that a unique and significant collection could be evacuated. During the South Fork Fire Complex, CCAHRA identified a number of historic buildings at risk, mapped those structures, and transmitted that information to the Incident Command Post, which then included minimizing suppression impacts to cultural, historic, and natural resources in its incident objectives.
During the floods, CCAHRA identified two sites on the National Register of Historic Places that were at risk. After discovering these buildings were affected, CCAHRA was able to facilitate assistance that included locating an engineer with historic-structures experience to help stabilize the structures to avoid further damage.
The Emergency Management for Cultural Resources (EMCR) team is a small group that came out of the larger 2011 AFR Salt Lake City Forum. EMCR consists of various Utah state agencies with a common goal of protecting and preserving Utah’s cultural resources.
The EMCR group has met six times this past year and has been working closely with the state Division of Emergency Management (DEM). The EMRC team toured the Emergency Operations Center earlier this year. The team is also working with DEM on a Hazard Mitigation Grant Program project, and has submitted a state mitigation plan to DEM.
The Seattle Heritage Emergency Response Network (SHERN) completed work on its by-laws.
On September 6, SHERN visited the Seattle Office of Emergency Management Emergency Operations Center. A current project is to identify the locations of SHERN members’ holdings so they can be tracked using GPS.
During the Savannah Heritage Emergency Response (SHER) September meeting, Rebecca Fifield from the Metropolitan Museum of Art presented on her experiences during Hurricane Sandy. Rebecca teleconferenced from New York City into their Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Annex. The meeting gave everyone the chance to see the EOC, get a brief tour, and gain a better understanding of how the EOC works.
SHER has nearly finished its work on the county’s Emergency Operations Plan, NCH11c Annex. The Chatham County Emergency Management Agency (CEMA) will follow this plan during an emergency. As part of this process, SHER solicited help from the Natural Resources constituents in Savannah and offered them SHER membership in return. The SHER by-laws allow for both natural and cultural organizations, and this is an excellent way to gain a greater range of resources and expertise. SHER has also been working, for the past year, to create mutual aid agreements, and is very pleased with the result.
Heritage Preservation has been awarded an off-cycle grant by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to provide additional training and guidance to the 23 state heritage emergency partnerships that were launched at three forums this past spring. As part of the new grant, Heritage Preservation will host four two-hour webinars in 2014 on the following topics:
How an Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Operates
Continuity of Operations (COOP) Planning
Mitigation and the Mitigation Planning Process
Navigating Public Assistance Following a Disaster
We would love to draw from forum emergency managers to help us present these webinars; you are the experts, not us. If your area of expertise is in one of the above topics and you’re interested in sharing your knowledge, please let Lori Foley know. We’ll even pay you an honorarium.
And we’ll keep all of you posted as planning proceeds.
Meeting at the Seattle Emergency Management Emergency Operations Center.
The San Diego Office of Emergency Services (OES) hosted meetings of the San Diego County Cultural and Historic Resources (SDCCHR) group on November 11, 2012, and January 17, 2013, to learn more about county emergency operations in relation to disaster response and recovery for libraries, museums, and all cultural and historic resources in the region. The SDCCHR group strives to be as inclusive as possible and a broad definition of CHR has been endorsed.
The January meeting held at the San Diego County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) included a briefing on the EOC and its relationship to local, State and Federal EOCs, requests for resources, the Standardized Emergency Management System, and the National Incident Management System, as well as the various functions served by the EOC. With a basic understanding of the big picture, the majority of the meeting was focused on the role CHR will have when the EOC is activated, how to convey institutional emergency resource needs to the EOC, and how a survey of county CHR will be used. The SDCCHR survey was discussed at the meeting with countywide rollout starting in late January. Several scenario situations were presented to help visualize how to interact with the EOC and how the survey information will be used. A Google Group has been established for the SDCCHR and will be used as a communication tool for CHR.
Meeting at University of Washington Emergency Operations Center.
Gary gave an update on the Alliance for Response National Leadership Institute July 20, 2011 in Denver. We talked about some future meeting topics. We discussed future meeting topics and decided to schedule the October 28thmeeting at University of Washington Emergency Operations Center so members can see how an EOC operates. Other suggestions for future meetings included a salvage workshop, a site visit to the local Belfor office, and a meeting with the Seattle Fire Department.
We decided to explore Allied Arts as a fiscal sponsor (Loretta) and to table SHERN signing a Belfor Red Alert agreement as SHERN has no legal standing. Some SHERN members already have or are exploring red alert or similar agreements. The supply cache subcommittee met again before the Steering Committee meeting. They are pricing supplies and identifying sources.
Kris reviewed two recent water leaks at the King County Law Library.