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Alliance for Response News Brief

August 2014

Heritage Preservation Launches Redesigned AFR Website
We’ve given the Alliance for Response website a total makeover! Alliance for Response (AFR) has been successfully connecting cultural stewards and emergency managers at the local level since 2003. In addition to bringing the two communities together at kick-off forums, Heritage Preservation has supported the initiative with a website that encourages sustained relationships. Thanks to generous support by the National Endowment for the Humanities, we’ve improved users’ online experience to address the needs of the growing number of AFR networks – as well as the communities that want to launch an AFR network.
The engaging design provides easier access to information about the initiative and the networks that have developed across the country. The greatly expanded Tool Kit contains a wealth of resources and ideas developed by AFR networks. Whether you want to strengthen your network or plan an AFR forum in your own city or town, you can find the resources at
We guarantee that just one visit won’t be enough. Built into the site’s structure are interactive features that ensure the content remains fresh and the conversations timely. Each network has access to its own blog feed that can be updated with new information. The new “Ask the Alliance” feature enables networks to discover how their peers are tackling an issue. This is also where interested individuals can learn more about launching an AFR forum.
Take a virtual tour of the new website here. Come visit and stay a while!

National Preparedness Month Sale
September is National Preparedness Month. To celebrate, Heritage Preservation is offering its award-winning Emergency Response and Salvage Wheel at a discounted rate starting now through September! In addition to the Wheel, Heritage Preservation will be offering a number of its publications at discounted rates including its Caring series. Visit Heritage Preservation's bookstore to view the sale.

News from Alliance for Response networks:
Even though networks will now be able to blog about their activities and achievements, we will continue to solicit entries for quarterly AFR News Briefs. Here is just a handful collected over the past few months:
On August 11, 2014, the Hancock County Courthouse in Sparta, Georgia, burned in an overnight fire that destroyed the majority of the records and artifacts in the building. HERA helped establish a potential recovery team, while partners in Savannah’s SHER network closely reported on the story and offered assistance. Staff at the Georgia Archives worked to put together an inventory of Hancock County records in their collections.
CEMA (Chatham Emergency Management Agency) put together a slate of workshops for August 2014 to encourage partners to learn what is expected of them after a declared disaster. Workshops included Disaster Finance Training, EOC Staff Training, and WebEOC Training.
New York
AFR NYC is participating in a September program entitled “Climate Change is at the Door: Preparing Your Collections” to complement the UN world leaders summit on climate change, scheduled to be held later next month. The conversation will address climate change and its potential impact on weather systems, as well as preparedness efforts in the library, archives, and affiliated communities. Drawing from recent experiences in Superstorm Sandy, presenters will discuss response to the storm and its lasting effects. Partners for the program include METRO and the UN Library.
AFR Miami's listserv is the perfect vehicle for conveying weather updates on potential storm systems. The Miami-Dade Office of Emergency Management (OEM) posts updates, links to forecast information for specific areas, and a link to mobile access to the latest information. No stranger to major disasters, the Miami cultural community benefits from a good relationship with Miami-Dade OEM.
On September 3, 2014, AFR Miami is sponsoring a half-day tabletop hurricane exercise, facilitated by the Miami-Dade OEM. The workshop will begin with a tour of the Emergency Operations Center, followed by a tabletop disaster scenario discussion where attendees react to a simulated hurricane scenario. Attendees are being encouraged to bring their existing Emergency Preparedness documents in order to work through any planning gaps during the session, which will cover the reality of planning the PEOPLE response and COLLECTIONS response. This event will benefit institutions of all sizes.
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