Posts Tagged ‘disaster’

Alliance for Response FREE Webinar Series

December 11, 2016

From our kind neighbors in Savannah: SHER

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Alliance for Response FREE Webinar Series

from Jessica Unger, Emergency Programs Coordinator, Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation

Mark your calendars for a series of webinars specially developed for members of the Alliance for Response community! Learn from your peers about best practices for organizing your network; discover how to integrate volunteer efforts; get tips on how to navigate the Public Assistance process; develop tabletop exercises for training; learn about how to communicate effectively during an emergency; and discover some best practices for fundraising!

All programs may be accessed here <> .  No pre-registration required!

“Setting Up Governance Structures and Creating Mutual Aid Agreements”

Thursday, December 15, 2016 1:00 – 2:30 pm (Eastern) Laura Seifert, Savannah Heritage Emergency Response Gary Menges, Seattle Heritage Emergency Response Network Steve Detwiler, Alliance for Response Miami

“Working with Volunteers”

Tuesday, January 10, 2017 1:00 – 2:30 pm (Eastern) Chandra Fox, Region 10 President, International Association of Emergency Managers

“Navigating Public Assistance After a Disaster”

Thursday, January 12, 2017 1:00 – 2:30 pm (Eastern) Chris Holmes, Chief of Recovery, NYS Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Services Rick Lord, Chief of Mitigation Programs & Agency Preservation Officer, NYS Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Services

“Exercise Without Leaving Your Seat: Practicing the Incident Command System at the Institutional Level”

Thursday, January 19, 2017 1:00 – 2:30 pm (Eastern) David Carmicheal, State Archivist, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Joe Boney, Chief, Biloxi Fire Department

“Crisis Communications”

Tuesday, January 24, 2017 1:00 – 2:30 pm (Eastern) Mike Smith, Chair and Associate Professor of Communication, LaSalle University Steve Pine, Senior Conservator for Decorative Arts, The Museum of Fine Arts Houston

“Best Practices for Seeking Funding”

Thursday, January 26, 2017 1:00 – 2:30 pm (Eastern) Ellen Gorham, Manager, Disaster Fundraising, American Red Cross Nat’l Headquarters

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Response & Recovery Assistance

October 28, 2016

Sending along from ALA. Thanks! Virginia Alexander Cononie SCLA ALA Councilor

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Please share the following information with your constituents and stakeholders. The following information does not apply to local and state governments!

Dear Colleagues,

As cultural institutions, arts organizations, and historical sites begin the long road to recovery, the following information should prove helpful:

o   Download FEMA’s “After the Flood: Advice for Salvaging Damaged Family Treasures” fact sheet, with tips and resources for individuals and institutions,

o   Tax Exemption Certificate and

o   Organization charter or by-laws

o   Proof of ownership

o   Proof of legal responsibility to repair the facility

o   Insurance policy

  • There are two overarching types, or categories, of work – Emergency Work and Permanent Work. All private nonprofits in affected counties are eligible to apply for Emergency Work, which includes debris removal and emergency protective measures.
  • Cultural institutions are considered non-critical PNPs. Non-critical PNPs may apply for Permanent Work in certain affected counties; check with your County Emergency Manager at Permanent work can address the following (this list is not inclusive):

o   Your building/facility – damage to the structure/envelope itself

o   The materials, equipment, and exhibition furnishings associated with the storage, display, preservation, or exhibition of collections and individual objects. This would include HVAC systems and fire suppression systems.

o   Collections and individual objects, including records and archives of the organization

  • To apply for Permanent Work, non-critical PNPs must apply to the Small Business Administration (SBA) to obtain a low-interest loan. You will go through the SBA process and either accept a loan or be denied a loan. Public Assistance (PA) will continue to work with you to identify damages. PA may be able to provide financial assistance if the damages are beyond the accepted amount of the SBA loan.

o   See for information about applying for SBA disaster assistance.

o   If the SBA approves a loan and you don’t want to accept it, PA will offset the amount of the loan on the damage claims but would look to reimburse for eligible costs over the loan amount.

o   If you are denied an SBA loan, then PA would work with you to reimburse eligible Permanent Work expenses.

  • In short, affected PNPs should take the following actions as soon as possible:
  1. First and foremost, apply for FEMA assistance by submitting the RPA form (see URL above) by the deadline. This will essentially get you “into the pipeline.” The deadline varies based on your county; check with your County Emergency Manager. Once you submit the RPA, you can decide not to go ahead with the process, or you can go through the process and then decide not to accept any funds. But if you don’t apply by the deadline, you won’t be eligible to receive any funding through the Public Assistance Program.
  2. Apply for a disaster loan from the SBA. The sooner you do, the faster your federal disaster assistance can be processed.
  • Be on the lookout for the Applicant Briefing date(s) in your county, meetings held by the State at which the PA process is explained. Consult your County Emergency Manager for the date(s).

Finally, as you report or learn of damage, please let me know. Your help will enable HENTF to direct assistance to affected cultural institutions and historic sites.


PS: I have been talking with Suzanne Singleton, head of Palmetto Archives Libraries & Museums Council on Preservation about hosting a Disaster Recovery workshop for cultural heritage institutions here in Beaufort County. We have a tentative date of early Fall 2017. They want to “test” their new workshop coordinators in the Upstate first.

Looking for a Two Good Trainers

April 24, 2016


From the Chair of Palmetto Archives Libraries and Museums Council on Preservation:

We have seven so far for the Clemson [Disaster Preparedness] workshop [on June 7th and sponsored by PALMCOP], so still about 13 seats left.  I’m sure it will fill out closer to the date.

What we could use is one or two more folks willing to serve as trainers to give this workshop in the future. We’ve got two right now, but none on the coast, which is usually more vulnerable.  If you know anyone from a coastal county who would like to take this opportunity, please direct them to me! Their institution will have to pay for this workshop (it’s two days long for future trainers but no extra registration fee), but PALMCOP will cover their expenses for each workshop they deliver.


Suzanne Singleton, Chair of PALMCOP & Head of Reference and Professor James A. Rogers Library, Francis Marion University, POB 100547

Florence, SC 20502-0547, (843) 661-1319 Office, (843) 661-1309 Fax,

PALMCOP Hands-on Disaster Recovery Training

April 5, 2016

Another PALMCOP workshop to help you be prepared!!

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When:  Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Where:  Clemson University Libraries’ Depot (offsite facility) Clemson Research Park 103 Clemson Research Blvd. Anderson, SC  29625

Time:  10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Instructor:  Ann Frellsen, Collections Conservator Emory University-Woodruff Library, Preservation Office

Every collection is susceptible to damage from water – whether from floods, hurricanes, burst pipes, or from structural leaks. This hands-on workshop will give participants information regarding salvage of affected collections and experience in recovery of waterlogged materials. Experienced collections conservator, Ann Frellsen, who assisted along the Gulf Coast after Hurricanes Ivan and Katrina and is a member of the American Institute for Conservation’s Collections Emergency Response Team (AIC-CERT), will lead the one-day workshop on how to recover collections after the water recedes. Participants will gain hands-on experience in the salvage of typical library and archives materials. Participants will also learn the importance of teamwork in managing an emergency response, including safety, public relations, and the recovery of wet materials. A wrap-up session will include time for questions, especially regarding specific collections or situations.

Who Should Attend: Registration is open to individuals dealing with cultural heritage collections.

Cost:   Early Bird Registration before May 20, 2016 $80 for members of PALMCOP $95 for non-members. After May 20, 2016 $95 for members  $110 for non-members

The workshop is limited to 20 registrants.  Refreshments and lunch are included in the workshop price. Cancellations before June1 will be refunded 100%; after June 1 cancellations are not eligible for refund.

Register online at

Please contact the PALMCOP Vice Chair Brenda Burk (, 864-656-5176) with questions or further information about the workshop.

SHER update

May 20, 2015

Savannah Heritage Emergency Response is asking their membership about re-organizing:

The BCHRC is not affiliated with the SHER but I have always admired their inter-agency cooperation.