Twin Cities Launch AFR Network
The initial AFR meeting in the Twin Cities, held in February 2013, created contacts and relationships with key first responders and emergency managers in the area. Those contacts, along with Midwest Art Conservation Center (MACC) connections to area museums, libraries, and archives, enabled AFR Twin Cities meetings to discuss practical, replicable steps that collecting institutions can take to improve communications with their local first responders.
MACC produced a short list of details local fire departments want to know about an institution, as well as information the police departments want to know. AFR Twin Cities will be using these lists as informative handouts for institutions so they can prepare answers about their locations prior to meeting with their local responders. This preparation should allow more in-depth discussions between the responders and the institutions and will demonstrate forward thinking and planning on the part of the institutions.
Aside from discussing and including these handouts at disaster planning workshops around the region, these handouts will also be sent as email broadcasts so that they might reach a wider array of institutions across a larger region. These broadcasts are also meant to encourage institutions to make initial contacts and hold meetings with their local first responders. AFR Twin Cities intends to track that activity—hoping to see a good response over a period of months—and is looking into ways to accomplish this.Tags: fire department, first responder, handout, list, MAAC, police department