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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.
Leadership at SHER, the Savannah Heritage Emergency Response network, has been working behind the scenes to ensure that SHER continues its vital functions despite poor attendance at its workshops. After a meeting with the Coastal Museums Association (CMA) Executive Board, they are proposing that SHER become an affiliate of CMA through a memorandum of agreement. In essence, they are proposing the following changes:
- The SHER membership drive will be folded into the CMA membership drive. This means less paperwork each year.
- SHER membership will continue to be free and available to any CMA member as well as first responders, CEMA officials, and related businesses.
- One CMA program per year will be devoted to disaster response training and information.
- SHER will also conduct one or two independent trainings or workshops as demand dictates, e.g., the Chatham Emergency Management Agency (CEMA) Hurricane Conference.
Laura Seifert, SHER Chair, will be sending the proposed memorandum of agreement and subsequent proposed bylaws changes to the membership for review and vote. For more information about this AFR network, visit SHER’s website.
On April 28, the City of Savannah, Georgia, will hold its annual Hurricane Exercise at the Savannah Civic Center, 8:30am–2:30pm. This year, the exercise includes four breakout groups, including one intended specifically for historical and cultural sites to discuss their plans, concerns, and intentions for re-entering and assessing facilities in Savannah after a major hurricane. An overview of the exercise, including a tentative agenda is available for download here. For more information about the exercise, contact Dan Stowers, Emergency Management Director for the City of Savannah.
At the beginning of 2014, Savannah Heritage Emergency Response (SHER) elected one new and two returning officers to two-year terms. They also have two new committees – a Membership Committee and the (revived) Training and Education Committee. The Membership Committee continues to work on the annual membership drive by following up with potential or lapsed members via phone calls. The Training and Education Committee is scheduling upcoming programs, including the annual SHER session at the Chatham County Hurricane Conference in late April.
SHER is also taking steps to improve communications and membership connections through easier listserv management (via MailChimp). All of these are steps towards making SHER more sustainable over the long term by distributing the work load.
In May the Atlanta Heritage Emergency Response Alliance (HERA) plans to participate in the statewide exercise Hurrex 2014. They are working with an ESF-11 coordinator to draft injects related to cultural collections for the drill. Over the summer, their Education Committee is planning to organize a program for the network.
The HERA team is currently working with the Savannah Heritage Emergency Response (SHER) network on developing a memorandum of agreement. Both groups have now approved the text and are awaiting final approval from membership.
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.