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The Alliance for Response Pittsburgh initiative provides a forum for information, cooperation, and communication among emergency management organizations, first responders, and cultural heritage institutions in the greater Pittsburgh and Southwestern Pennsylvania region. Our aim is to foster a cooperative approach to disaster preparedness, emergency management, and cultural heritage protection.
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Alliance for Response Pittsburgh has been planning its 2012 schedule. The first of two spring programs is scheduled for April 20 at the University of Pittsburgh’s Thomas Boulevard Library Resource Facility. Participants will be given a tour of Pittsburgh’s 911 Operations Center followed by a group meeting. A second meeting is scheduled for May 4, which will focus on AFR Pittsburgh’s shared disaster supply cache.

AFR Pittsburgh has also launched a Web site where visitors will find information on upcoming meetings, minutes from past events, and details on membership.

In November 2011, AFR Pittsburgh held their fall meeting at The Mattress Factory Art Museum. The group toured the museum’s archival storage area and offered advice. In addition, the group learned about winterizing collections.

Alliance for Response Pittsburgh’s new Steering Committee Chair , Miriam Meislik and Marketing/Membership Committee Chair, Miranda Nixon attended the July 2011 Alliance for Response National Leadership Institute in Denver. Click here to read Miranda Nixon’s notes

The Pennsylvania Academic Library Consortium, Inc., a Pittsburgh Alliance for Response member institution, has received an NEH grant to help build a disaster supply cache for Pittsburgh-area cultural heritage organizations. Click here for more information.

Click here to find useful materials from Pittsburgh's 2008 Kick-off Forum.

News from Alliance for Response Communities
  • For the latest on AFR networks view our most recent News Brief for Spring 2013.
  • Heritage Preservation is pleased to announce there will be three new forums in 2013 thanks to generous support by the National Endowment for the Humanities. If you would like to get involved, contact us
  • AFR networks have been keeping busy this winter. To find a summary of their activity please read our latest quarterly news brief.
  • Throughout the country, members of Alliance for Response have been representing cultural institutions at stakeholder events for the National Disaster Recovery Framework. Visit FEMA’s Web site to attend the next stakeholder event.
  • The final 2011 Alliance for Response Kick-off Forum was held in Salt Lake City, Utah with more than 80 cultural managers and emergency managers. Click here for more information about this forum.  
  • The Galveston-Houston Area Alliance for Response Forum was held on July 29, 2011 at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. Click here for more information about this exciting summer Forum.
  • The second Alliance for Response National Leadership Institute was held on July 20, 2011 in Denver, CO. Click here for a meeting summary.