Heritage Emergency And Response Training (HEART) program accepting applications for 2022 cohort

The Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative (SCRI) and the Heritage Emergency National Task Force (HENTF) have announced that after a two-year hiatus, the Heritage Emergency And Response Training (HEART) program will be held in person in Washington DC from December 5-9, 2022. The call for applications is now open. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, October … Continue reading Heritage Emergency And Response Training (HEART) program accepting applications for 2022 cohort

Disaster preparedness resources: Droughts

On August 24th, the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) declared most of the state to be in a Level 3-Critical drought. This drought status, brought on by low precipitation, high temperatures, and increased fire risk, applies to the Connecticut River Valley Region, the Central Region, the Northeast Region, the Southeast Region, and … Continue reading Disaster preparedness resources: Droughts

Sept 12-13: Preservation in a Changing Climate Conference 2022 (Salem MA)

Registration ($30) & more info: https://www.preservingsalem.com/preservation-in-a-changing-climate-1. "The North Shore of Boston, including Salem and surrounding communities, is witnessing first-hand the damaging effects of climate change on historic properties and neighborhoods. Coastal and riverine flooding, wind damage, excessive rain and rising humidity and heat all effect the future of our historic resources. To address these changes … Continue reading Sept 12-13: Preservation in a Changing Climate Conference 2022 (Salem MA)

Webinar: Climate Risk Webinar for Boston Cultural Trustees, Nov 2

The Boston Green Ribbon Commission -- in partnership with Ceres and Plan C Advisors -- is excited to offer a new webinar, Managing Climate Risk is a Fiduciary Responsibility, which will be held on Wednesday, November 2nd from 8:30am to 10:00am. This webinar is specifically developed for trustee fiduciaries of Boston's cultural institutions. The GRC … Continue reading Webinar: Climate Risk Webinar for Boston Cultural Trustees, Nov 2

*UPDATE – Recording now available* Webinar: Preparing for Extreme Weather: Fire and Hurricane, Aug 18

Hosted by FAIC's (Foundation for Advancement in Conservation) Connecting to Collections Care group. FREE! https://connectingtocollections.org/extreme_weather/ The past few years have seen an increase in cultural institutions dealing with various extreme disasters. In this webinar we will feature two examples of extreme weather, wildfires and hurricanes, and how staff at two institutions dealt with preparation, impact, … Continue reading *UPDATE – Recording now available* Webinar: Preparing for Extreme Weather: Fire and Hurricane, Aug 18

Webinar: Civil Legal Issues of Natural Disasters: Libraries Can Help, Sept 22

WebJunction of OCLC is hosting a webinar on Library roles in community resilience. https://www.webjunction.org/events/webjunction/civil-legal-issues-of-natural-disasters.html "Natural disasters strike everywhere. In their wake, communities are left reeling and many people turn to their libraries for support and information. Your library may have plans to secure its facilities and collections in order to keep the doors open, but … Continue reading Webinar: Civil Legal Issues of Natural Disasters: Libraries Can Help, Sept 22

Historic Houses in the Shifting Landscape of Climate Change

The Center for the Future of Museums Blog from the American Alliance of Museums has recently published a post authored by Jenny Lyons, Historic House Manager and Preservation Administrator for the Louisiana Landmarks Society and Pitot House Museum, on adaptive strategies for historic homes facing extreme weather events due to the climate crisis. The post … Continue reading Historic Houses in the Shifting Landscape of Climate Change

Excellent Planning Resources published by ARCS Emergency Subcommittee

The Association of Registrars and Collections Specialists (ARCS) compiled and published high quality educational resources relating to emergency planning and response. PDF files of the publications are available from the ARCS website, and some relevant documents are also embedded below. risk_assessment_process_manualDownload emergency_prep_during_construction_-_dana_murrayDownload emergency_supply_program_development_manualDownload arcsemergency_response_procedure__collections_theft_and_vandalismDownload

“Hurricane Preparedness Week” in Massachusetts, July 10-16

The Mass Emergency Management (MEMA) recently shared a press release amplifying Governor Baker Proclaims July 10-16 as “Hurricane Preparedness Week” | Mass.gov. A partial transcription of the Proclamation is copied here and provides persuasive and practical advice for increasing your personal preparedness: Whereas, Many destructive and deadly tropical storms and hurricanes have caused damage in … Continue reading “Hurricane Preparedness Week” in Massachusetts, July 10-16