Posts Tagged ‘response’

TX-CERA Training To Be Held at MFA Houston Aug 1-2

Posted on: July 14th, 2016 by Jessica Unger | AFR, Texas

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, / Olivia Primanis, University of Texas, Austin, / Melanie Sanford, Textile Preservation Services of Texas –




Best Practices Gleaned from the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombings

Posted on: April 15th, 2015 by Jessica Unger | SHEP

On April 3, 2015, a multi-jurisdictional Project Management Team released the After Action Report for the Response to the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombings. The 130-page report, the product of a year-long process, provides an overview of the incidents that occurred during the week of April 15, 2013; discusses the response activities of public safety, public health, emergency medical, and healthcare communities; and discusses best practices, lessons learned, and areas needing improvement.

While you might think that response activities following the Boston Marathon bombings are a far cry from the emergency preparedness and response goals of the State Heritage Emergency Partnership (SHEP) program, many of the best practices noted in the report are consistent with SHEP’s goals. They include developing and maintaining pre-existing professional relationships, formal mutual aid agreements, and effective collaboration to maintain situational awareness.

The full report is posted here on the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency website.

The Wolfsonian Hosts Disaster Preparedness Workshop

Posted on: July 21st, 2014 by Jessica Unger | Miami, FL

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.


FEMA Announces Release of Updated National Planning Frameworks and Frameworks Virtual Roundtables

Posted on: May 24th, 2013 by Jessica Unger | SHEP

On May 6, 2013, FEMA and its partners released three of the five National Planning Frameworks. There is one Framework for each of the five preparedness mission areas: Prevention, Protection, Mitigation, Response, and Recovery. The National Planning Frameworks describe how the whole community works together to build, sustain, and deliver the core capabilities needed to achieve the National Preparedness Goal:

A secure and resilient nation with the capabilities required across the whole community to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from the threats and hazards that pose the greatest risk.

FEMA will be hosting a series of virtual roundtables that will provide an overview of the Frameworks. These 60-minute roundtables will introduce the Frameworks and discuss ways to apply the concepts in your community. These virtual roundtables will be held:

  • Monday, June 10, at 2 p.m. EDT
  • Friday, June 14, at 10 a.m. EDT
  • Wednesday, June 19, at 6 p.m. EDT

Advanced registration is required, and is on a first-come, first-served basis. To register for one of the roundtables, visit To read more about the Frameworks and to prepare for the roundtable, visit

Lockdowns and Evacuations

Posted on: November 30th, 2010 by Jessica Unger | Central PA

Jamey Harris, Amy Ward, Ronald D. Parr, and Scott DiMarco presented a poster session at the Pennsylvania Library Association meeting. PPT slides on this emergency preparedness and response presentation are available here.


AFR Pittsburgh Spring Program – “The Anatomy of Response” Summary

Posted on: March 23rd, 2010 by Jessica Unger | Pittsburgh, PA