This comprehensive video series presented by the National Park Service and the Northeast Museum Services Center covers development and implementation of an effective disaster plan. It also provides information about disaster response and recovery and demonstrates useful post-fire salvage techniques.
Join TX-CERA, the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT), and the Houston Arts Alliance (HAA) for our Hurricane preparations webinar next Thursday, May 6, at 2 pm CST. Presenters and registration information can be found here: https://www.nps.gov/articles/000/2021-hurricane-season-preparations-for-u-s-gulf-coast-cultural-institutions.htm?fbclid=IwAR1u99Ygy21fS0hO1NmJNoTnU-JPK-hJJmmjayMJh9poeabJyfN8La3a9Po
It’s easy to feel overwhelmed when you’re re-entering your home or institution after a disaster. This short overview video from the Galveston Historical Foundation explains how to prioritize salvage of items from a water-related disaster (flood, hurricane, burst pipe, etc.) based on the type of material:
This weekend, certain emergency preparation supplies qualify for tax exemption if purchased for a sales price – including portable generators, emergency ladders, first aid kits, tarps, and more! The full list can be viewed on the Texas Comptroller’s website: https://comptroller.texas.gov/taxes/publications/98-1017.php/
Join NCPTT and TX-CERA on May 6 at 2 PM for a free webinar to review the 2021 U.S. Gulf Coast hurricane season, preparations, and response for cultural institutions.
For more information, visit the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/450991009529521/
In an emergency, it may not be possible for all staff to access the complete version of an emergency preparedness plan. That is where the Pocket Response Plan (PReP) comes in.
Although not specifically geared toward cultural institutions, FEMA’s Case Study Library is an excellent resource for preparedness and mitigation in emergency situations, and even contains COVID best practices studies. You can browse their collection, or filter by keyword, location, or incident or report type.
In case you missed the 2020 Hurricane Season Preparations webinar, or would like convenient references for all of the great information we learned, the presentations are available to download.
Dan Reilly, Warning Coordination Meteorologyist, National Weather Service Houston/Galveston
Jason Church, Chief of Technical Services, National Center for Preservation Technology and Training
Melody Gayeski, Leadership Volunteer, Red Cross Austin, Texas
Thank you to Dan Reilly, Jason Church, Melody D. Gayeski, Steve Pine and all of the contributors who supported the 2020 Hurricane Season Preparations Webinar for U.S. Gulf Coast Cultural Institutions that took place on August 20th. Here is the recording hosted by NCPTT’s Facebook Page:
Dear Texas Friends,
As you prepare for potential impacts from Hurricane Laura, please know that the Heritage Emergency National Task Force (HENTF), a public-private partnership between FEMA and the Smithsonian Institution, is also monitoring the situation and is here for you.
Please reach out to your members and constituents to encourage them to complete actions to protect life and property today. Preparedness tips for cultural institutions are uploaded to the HENTF dashboard, https://fema.connectsolutions.com/hentf/, along with key messages and graphics from the National Hurricane Center:
For the most up-to-date weather information, monitor Hurricane Laura via the National Hurricane Center: https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/#Laura
Stay safe. And stay in touch.
Coordinator | Heritage Emergency National Task Force
Office of Environmental Planning & Historic Preservation
Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration
Mobile: (202) 826-6303
Federal Emergency Management Agency