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
Join us for an overview of the 2020 U.S. Gulf Coast hurricane season, preparedness and response. Dan Reilly, Warning Coordination Meteorologist at National Weather Service Houston/Galveston, The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will give an update on the upcoming hurricane season and hurricane preparedness with content about the specific risks from wind, rain, flood- ing, and tornadoes that are associated with hurricanes in the U.S. Gulf Coast. Jason Church, Chief of Technical Services at the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT) will discuss preparedness for cultural institutions. Melody D. Gayeski, PMP, American Red Cross, Disaster Relief Leadership Volunteer, Central and South Texas will discuss American Red Cross Pandemic Protocols. Steve Pine, Senior Conservator of Decorative Arts, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and Texas Collections Emergency Resource Alliance, (TX-CERA) will moderate this webinar that will be hosted by NCPTT.
Thursday, August 20, 2020
10:00 AM CDT to 12:00 Noon CDT
For free registration: https://nsula.webex.com/webappng/sites/nsula/meeting/info/55f007c39f814297a5815485e97a3d76
Partners: Texas Collections Emergency Resources Alliance TX-CERA
Alliance for Response -South Florida https://www.culturalheritage.org/resources/emergencies/alliance-for-response/networks/south-florida
APOYOnline – Association for Heritage Preservation of the Americas www.apoyonline.org
Florida Association of Museums www.flamuseums.org
Houston Arts Alliance: https://www.houstonartsalliance.com/
LYRASIS Preservation Services: https://www.lyrasis.org/services/Pages/Digital-and-Preservation-Services.aspx
National Heritage Responders https://www.culturalheritage.org/resources/emergencies/national-heritage-responders
New Orleans Preservation Coalition https://www.nolapreservationcoalition.org/
Performing Arts Readiness: https://performingartsreadiness.org/
Texas Historical Commission: https://www.thc.texas.gov
As received from the Emergency Programs Coordinator at the American Institute for Conservation/Foundation for Advancement in Conservation:
Hurricane Isaias’ path is very uncertain and the storm may intensify, so we urge all those on the East Coast potentially impacted by the storm to take precautions and prepare now. It’s also important to consider how COVID-19 may impact your emergency plans. You can find resources on personal preparedness here: https://www.ready.gov/hurricanes
Cultural heritage institutions, the National Heritage Responders are available 24/7 for remote assistance: 202-661-8068. Please share the hotline information with colleagues in potentially impacted areas. NHR also offers tip sheets on response and recovery: https://bit.ly/2zbMLbi
In particular, take the time to review your plan now, before an emergency happens. If you don’t have a plan, please review the guidelines for personal protection and emergency planning on the Department of Homeland Security website:
For your institution and collections, start exploring tips and streamlined guidelines on