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The MFAH will host an inaugural disaster response and recovery forum, led by Texas Cultural Emergency Response Alliance, on Monday, August 1 and Tuesday August 2. Library, archive, and museum professionals in Houston and the surrounding counties are invited to share expertise and resources in this unique partnership.
The 2-day workshop will focus on disaster response and recovery situations specific to the region, including hurricanes, tornadoes, and flash floods, and will show participants how to respond to such large-scale natural events to both protect and preserve the objects in their care and to connect to a larger network of national emergency management professionals. Day 1 will feature speakers from the Harris County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Belfor USA and others. Day 2 will focus on techniques and training for wet recovery salvage of heritage objects.
When: Monday and Tuesday, August 1-2, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Where: The American General Meeting Room / The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston / Audrey Jones Beck Building, 5601 Main Street / Houston, Texas 77005
Cost: $80.00, lunch provided. Free parking in MHAH parking lot.
Details: The MFAH is an experienced disaster management leader and advocate for protecting cultural heritage resources in the region.
The Texas Cultural Emergency Response Alliance (TX-CERA) is a statewide resource for cultural heritage and disaster management and part of the nationwide Alliance for Response program. Through a series of regional forums, it builds bridges between the cultural heritage and emergency response communities before disasters happen. Their programs lead to new partnerships, policies, and cooperative planning efforts.
Contacts: Steve Pine, Museum of Fine Arts, firstname.lastname@example.org / Olivia Primanis, University of Texas, Austin, email@example.com / Melanie Sanford, Textile Preservation Services of Texas – firstname.lastname@example.org
Learn more about the Broward County, Florida 2016 Hurricane Expo at the Museum of Discovery and Science on June 4th by clicking on this flyer.
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 (NEDCC) will 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.
The Eastern Pacific hurricane season runs May 15 through November 30 while the Atlantic hurricane season runs June 1 through November 30. As Tropical Storm Bill pounds the Texas coast and moves inland, this second named storm reminds us to become familiar with the hurricane-related notifications issued by the National Weather Service (NWS), including watches and warnings.
- Hurricane Watch: An announcement that sustained winds of 74 mph or higher are possible within a specified area. Watches are issued 48 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical storm force winds. During a watch, tune in to your NOAA Weather Radio, local radio, or television for information and conduct outside preparedness activities. You can use the America’s PrepareAthon! How to Prepare for a Hurricane Guide for help with storm preparations.
- Hurricane Warning: An announcement that sustained winds of 74 mph or higher are expected within a specified area. Warnings are issued 36 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical storm force winds. During a warning, complete storm preparations and immediately leave the threatened area if directed by local officials.
Threats from hurricanes include high winds, heavy rainfall, tornadoes, coastal and inland flooding, and storm surge. According to NWS, storm surge produced by hurricanes is one of the greatest threats to life and property along the coast. To learn more about storm surge, take a look at this clip from the National Hurricane Center.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center says the 2015 Atlantic hurricane season will likely be below normal, but that’s no reason to believe coastal areas will have it easy.
For the hurricane season, which officially runs from June 1 – November 30, NOAA is predicting a 70% likelihood of 6 to 11 named storms (with winds 39 mph or higher), of which 3 to 6 could become hurricanes (with winds of 74 mph or higher), including 0 to 2 major hurricanes (Category 3 or higher, with winds of 111 mph or higher).
The outlook calls for a 70% chance of a below-normal Atlantic hurricane season, a 20% chance of a near-normal season, and a 10% chance of an above-normal season. The seasonal average for the Atlantic is 12 named storms, 6 hurricanes, and 3 major hurricanes. The NOAA outlook includes Tropical Storm Ana, which formed earlier this month. Pre-season development is not an indicator of the overall season.
NOAA also issued its outlook for the Eastern Pacific and Central Pacific basins. For the Eastern Pacific hurricane basin, NOAA’s 2015 outlook is for a 70% chance of an above-normal hurricane season. That outlook calls for a 70% probability of 15–22 named storms, of which 7–12 are expected to become hurricanes, including 5–8 major hurricanes. For the Central Pacific hurricane basin, NOAA’s outlook is for a 70% chance of an above-normal season with 5–8 tropical cyclones likely.
“It only takes one hurricane or tropical storm making landfall in your community to significantly disrupt your life,” said FEMA Deputy Administrator Joseph Nimmich. “Everyone should take action now to prepare themselves and their families for hurricanes and powerful storms. Develop a family communications plan, build an emergency supply kit for your home, and take time to learn evacuation routes for your area. Knowing what to do ahead of time can literally save your life and help you bounce back stronger and faster should disaster strike in your area.”
With the hurricane season officially starting next week, NOAA offers hurricane preparedness tips, along with video and audio public service announcements at www.hurricanes.gov/prepare.
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FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute (EMI) is offering monthly Virtual Tabletop Exercises (VTTX). The VTTX involves key personnel discussing simulated scenarios in an informal setting and can be used to assess plans, policies, training, and procedures. These exercises provide an excellent opportunity for your cultural agencies to engage with your EMA to further customize the scenario to include cultural and historic resources. Upcoming VTTX include tornado, wildland fire, flood, and hurricane scenarios.
The VTTX differs from other tabletop exercises in that it is conducted using Video-Teleconference (VTC) technology (not web based), and is intended to provide an opportunity for responders across the nation to participate simultaneously in a hazard-specific facilitated discussion. Lead facilitation for the exercise will be coordinated by EMI, with local facilitation provided by the participating EMA. This format will allow the common delivery of exercise materials, scenarios, modules, and discussion questions among those participating in the exercise.
The cultural heritage emergency network COSTEP MA (Coordinated Statewide Emergency Preparedness in Massachusetts) participated in the EMI tornado VTTX offered in early 2013. The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency worked with COSTEP MA to further customize the scenario to focus specifically on cultural and historic resource issues. The collaboration has since led to the drafting of a document that will establish Standard Operating Procedures and Guidelines to be used by COSTEP MA personnel following a major disaster. Great things can result when you collaborate!
Click here for the VTTX schedule and more information.
A program presented at the Rubin Museum of Art with panel presentation and breakout sessions focused on needs assessment and disaster preparedness.
Following Tropical Storm Irene in August 2011, VCHART acted as an information gathering and sharing resource and worked with the Vermont Preservation Trust, Vermont Division for Historic Preservation, Vermont State Archives and Public Records, Vermont Historical Society, Vermont Department of Libraries, and Vermont Emergency Management, as well as fed information to AIC-CERT, the rapid response team for the American Institute for Conservation. An AIC-CERT member along with State Librarian Martha Reid visited the compromised West Hartford library, carried out a damage assessment, and offered helpful suggestions for salvage methods. Ann Cousins from the Preservation Trust of Vermont also visited numerous communities to help assess damage to historic buildings.
Preliminary reports from cultural institutions indicated that there had been some damage but conditions were such that local volunteers and staff were able to address the situations. A notable exception was the State complex in Waterbury, which was hit hard. Staff from the State Archives and Public Records Division worked on salvage efforts there as well as monitored the conditions of municipal offices around the state.
If staff, volunteers, or members of the public knew of an affected cultural institution or one that needed information on salvage methods, they were encouraged to contact Jackie Calder, VHS Curator and VCHART coordinator, at 802-479-8514 or email@example.com, or Lisa Evans, VHS League of Local Historical Societies and Museum Program Coordinator at 802-8522 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.