Alliance for Response, NYC (A/R NYC) is a local organization focused on connecting emergency responders with representatives of the cultural heritage community. Our goal is to strengthen mitigation and response capabilities through training exercises, development of local planning efforts and improved dialogue and partnerships. The organization is composed of staff from cultural institutions (security, facilities, health/safety, collections/conservation, and administration), first responders (NYPD, FDNY, OEM) and related industries (insurance/risk management, recovery companies).
The A/R, NYC initiative began with of a one-day forum for cultural leaders and emergency professionals held at the Jewish Museum in October of 2004. Those attending included high-level NYC emergency officials, museum directors, curators, administrators, conservators, and insurance professionals. The NYC Commissioner of Cultural Affairs, Kate Levin, delivered the keynote address and there was an excellent program with panels focused on building relationships with first responders, emergency communications, and business continuity and disaster recovery.
In January of 2009, A/R NYC efforts were revived through the development of a new steering committee and a list of goals. For a full summary of activities from January 2009-April 2010, click here.