Hot off the presses, and this sounds really interesting (though I have an admitted fascination with disaster preparedness).
As a recognized leader in the field of emergency preparedness for cultural institutions, the New England Museum Association and COSTEP-MA (Coordinated Statewide Emergency Preparedness for Massachusetts) invite you to a special ‘summit meeting’ of professionals from all over New England, both municipal and private, who are dedicated to increasing the awareness of and preparation for disaster response for cultural resources. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 15 from 1:00-3:30 p.m., in the Nathan Hale Room on the third floor of the Hartford Hilton, as a special session preceding the annual NEMA conference.
The meeting will consist of two sessions. The first session will be an opportunity for the leaders of the emergency preparedness community such as COSTEP- MA, the COSTEP initiatives begun in other states, and the Alliance for Response, to meet each other, compare notes, and discuss means and opportunities by which groups can share information and investigate potential collaborations. The group will also discuss how NEMA may best serve as a nexus of information before, during, and after a crisis. The second session, starting at 2:00 p.m., will be open to the entire attendance of the conference, allowing all interested parties to meet the people who can help to coordinate disaster response.
We interrupt our regularly scheduled posting to bring you a roundup of emergency preparedness links, in anticipation of Hurricane Irene this weekend. Even if she fizzles out (which certain of us would really appreciate, ok, Irene?), it’s good to be prepared, and to learn about helping your museum be prepared.
The NEDCC, always prepared, sent out this list of tips earlier this week:
TIPS TO HELP YOU PREPARE:
– review your disaster plan
– double-check your insurance policy
– check your gutters and downspouts
– move priority collections out of basements and off floors
– inventory disaster recovery supplies
– hold a planning meeting with staff today!
LINKS TO MORE INFORMATION:
Preparing Your Institution for Hurricanes ( Heritage Preservation)
Emergency Preparedness ( Library of Congress)
Track the Storm (NOAA)
EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCIES, STATE-BY-STATE:
We’ve covered this topic before on the TMSB, too. Here are a few useful posts with tips, learning resources, and other good information:
NEDCC Risk Assessment Seminar
Free Disaster Management Training from FEMA
Remember a few weeks ago we talked about the NEDCC’s webinar on risk assessment for disaster planning? It had limited spaces open, and came and went last week.
Luckily for those of us who couldn’t attend the initial webinar, the lovely folks at NEDCC have made it available for viewing at any time. Check it out.
NEDCC (that’s the New England Document Conservation Center) is celebrating May Day and Preservation Week by offering a great free webinar about risk assessment and disaster planning.
Here’s what they say about it:
NEDCC is offering a free introductory webinar on Risk Assessment for those who are beginning to work on a disaster plan or need to expand or update an existing plan.Date: April 28, 2011
Time: 2 – 4 PM
Cost: Did we mention that it’s FREE ?!
(Register now – seats will go fast!)
Complete Webinar Information and Registration
Questions about the Risk Assessment webinar?
Contact: Donia Conn, dconn[at]nedcc[dot]org, (978) 470-1010, ext. 220
The Egyptian National Museum is still not entirely safe, unfortunately. Turns out that it’s right next door to the national headquarters for Egypt’s ruling party, the focus of much of the protesters’ ire. Said building is still on fire, and firefighters worry that if the building is destabilized because of the fire, it will collapse…right onto the museum.
There was some looting in the museum as well before the army arrived, according to this AP report.
Hyperallergic is monitoring Al Jazeera, and has posted these heartbreaking pictures of looting damage, in which the museum appears to be in far worse shape than the AP report would indicate.
There are also pictures of a really wonderful thing that happened, though, as described in the AP article:
Before the army arrived, young Egyptians — some armed with truncheons grabbed off the police — created a human chain at the museum’s front gate to prevent looters from making off with any of its priceless artifacts.
Edit: The History Blog also has more information about the museum, including some terrific quotes from the Egyptians who helped form that living chain.