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21 December 2010

Contact: Cindy Thompson


November - December

This bi-monthly newsletter is shared with local Alliance for Response Steering Committees to provide information and inspiration. Please share it with your listservs. You can find more details about the activities of all Alliance for Response networks here.

Philadelphia Leadership Institute
The first Alliance for Response National Leadership Institute was held at the Chemical Heritage Foundation in Philadelphia, PA on November 30, 2010. Attendees included representatives from 10 of the Alliance for Response networks and emergency management professionals from the federal, state, and local levels. The productive day-long meeting addressed two major concerns: how to develop strategic relationships with emergency managers and strengthen local networks.

Evaluations have been received from more than 50% of attendees, and most reported that the Institute exceeded their expectations. The evaluations showed big gains in knowledge about opportunities for emergency/heritage collaboration, strategies to bring cultural heritage into local/state plans, and Alliance for Response activities in other cities. One participant wrote that she “came away from the Leadership Institute very energized and excited with new ideas about how to proceed with training and building partnerships for my institution and for my state.”

A meeting summary and panelist PowerPoints are now available on the National Leadership Institute Web pages. Based on information gathered at the meeting, a tip sheet for sustaining Alliance for Response networks will be added to the Alliance for Response Tool Kit in early 2011. A second institute is being planned for the spring of 2011 in Denver, CO.

News from Alliance for Response Networks
The Pennsylvania Academic Library Consortium, Inc. (PALCI), has received an NEH Preservation Assistance Grant to help build a disaster supply cache on behalf of Pittsburgh Alliance for Response. Click here to learn more!

On January 18, 2011, Savannah Heritage Emergency Response (SHER) will hold a workshop on insurance and appraisal for disaster recovery, with speakers from AON/Huntington T. Block Insurance. Click here for more information.

On December 15, 2010, the Heritage Emergency Response Alliance (HERA) in Atlanta sponsored a presentation at the Atlanta History Center on the new state “Contract to Assist with Vital Records Recovery Following Disasters.”Click here for more information about the meeting.

In August 2010, a survey was sent to the 85 participants who attended the Denver Alliance for Response Forum on September 25, 2009. The results showed that the Forum had a positive impact on the community.  The Denver Alliance for Response Steering Committee is working on creative ways to raise the profile of disaster planning and response in the metro area. Click here to read the full survey results.

A new collaborative disaster network has formed in Seattle. The Seattle Heritage Emergency Response Network (SHERN) has its beginnings in the 2006 Seattle Alliance for Response Forum. Nine institutions have joined SHERN so far, including three archives, four libraries, and two museums. Click here for more information about this new network.

Tabletop Exercise Tips from FEMA
Speakers at the National Leadership Institute in Philadelphia suggested developing tabletop exercises as a good way to learn about disaster preparedness and network with emergency responders. FEMA’s Private Sector Division recently updated its site to provide some ideas on conducting tabletop exercises: For more tips and information on upcoming webinars, sign up to get weekly emails from the FEMA Private Sector Division here:


The Heritage Emergency National Task Force is a partnership of 40 government agencies and national service organizations formed in 1995. An initiative of Heritage Preservation and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Task Force has helped to protect cultural heritage from the damaging effects of natural disasters and other emergencies. Find valuable disaster resources at the Task Force Web site,

Heritage Preservation is a national non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the cultural heritage of the United States. By identifying risks, developing innovative programs, and providing broad public access to expert advice, Heritage Preservation assists museums, libraries, archives, historic preservation and other organizations, as well as individuals, in caring for our endangered heritage.