Posts Tagged ‘fire’
As HERA reported in mid-August, the fire continued to burn for another week due to a deposit of coal in the basement of the courthouse. Hancock County officials, architects, and disaster recovery experts completed initial damage assessments last week. For a description of the damage and plans for moving forward, visit HERA’s blog – and sign up, too!
In the early morning hours of August 11, 2014, the 1881 Hancock County Courthouse in Sparta, GA, caught fire. The salvage of records has not yet been possible because coal stored in the basement continues to burn. Visit HERA’s website and sign up to follow the blog for the latest updates.
On July 21, The Wolfsonian hosted an AFR Miami workshop on disaster preparedness, targeted towards museum professionals. The program featured facilitators Rosa Lowinger (conservator, Rosa Lowinger & Associates), Stephanie Hornbeck (director of conservation, Caryatid Conservation Services), and Viviana Dominguez (owner of Art Conservators Lab).
Focusing on fire and water damage to collections, the presenters provided information on initial response and the importance of prior preparation. Following the presentations, workshop participants took part in hand-on activities to learn about early response to fire and water events.
You can read more about the workshop here.
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In August 2010, a survey was created and sent to the 85 participants of the Denver Alliance for Response Forum held at the Denver Public Library on September 25, 2009. The AFR Denver Advisory Committee sent the survey to attendees and their organizations in order to discover what has happened since the forum. The results, reported here, have been shared with all attendees and advisory committee members to help in planning next steps.
In conclusion, there is much more to do, but it appears as though the Forum had a strong and positive impact in the community. Since the Forum there have been two WESTPAS workshops in Colorado and both have been well attended. The partnerships that are in their infancy will need additional coordinated nurturing and it will be up to the Advisory Committee to come up with some creative ways to continue raising the profile of disaster planning and response in the Denver metro area. Disasters like the Four Mile canyon fire in the Boulder area over Labor Day weekend offer compelling, immediate opportunities to raise awareness and may be useful in spurring institutions to action—with the right promotion.
The Northeast Ohio Alliance for Response organized a panel discussion that covered various aspects of fire suppression and mitigation. The agenda is available here.