Posts Tagged ‘tornado’
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, email@example.com / Olivia Primanis, University of Texas, Austin, firstname.lastname@example.org / Melanie Sanford, Textile Preservation Services of Texas – email@example.com
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.
The American Red Cross has developed the official tornado app which provides interactive quizzes and step-by-step advice on preparations for a tornado. The app provides a list of nearby shelters and an audible siren that is sounded when the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration releases a warning. To download the app to your Android or iPhone visit: http://www.redcross.org/mobile-apps/tornado-app.
Several historic properties were severely damaged in the tornadoes that swept across western Massachusetts. On June 16, 2011, COSTEP MA hosted a conference call to address damage assessments, available funding, and other recovery issues for these structures. Click here to read the call summary.