Federal Disaster Recovery Assistance from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for Private, Nonprofit Organizations Webinar Approaching

There is still one week to register to attend the Federal Disaster Recovery Assistance from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for Private, Nonprofit Organizations webinar, presented by Heritage Preservation and Mark Randle, Small Business Administration Public Information Officer. The webinar will take place on Wednesday, December 3, from 3:00 – 4:30 EST. For more information, see our previous post about this series of webinars, or register here.

Climate Change Toolkit Offers Insight into Potential Hazards

Climate change is resulting in unpredictable and severe weather. In addition to increased risk of wildfires and drought, sea level rise will affect millions. The U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit provides information on how to prepare for and mitigate the potential hazards of climate change. The toolkit includes planning assistance, case studies, and links to training opportunities. The Climate Explorer tool shows areas of climate change impact and stresses, along with a discussion of how different regions might be impacted. Just as we look to the historical record to evaluate the hazards that may affect our institutions and organizations, the Climate Resilience Toolkit gives us an opportunity to discover future hazards. Embrace a “climate-smart approach” and make sure you’re prepared for the challenges that climate change may bring to your community. For an overview of the contents of the Toolkit, a one-page flyer is available here to share, or view the Toolkit online here.

Bill in House to Protect Cultural Property  

Legislation to protect cultural property worldwide and curb ISIL funding by prohibiting import of Syrian antiquities was introduced into the House by Representatives Eliot L. Engel (D-NY) and Chris Smith (R-NJ) on November 13, 2014. The Protect and Preserve International Cultural Property Act (H.R. 5703) would take steps to coordinate efforts across governments to preserve cultural artifacts where they may be threatened by conflict, instability, or natural disaster. The full text of the bill, which notes the role of the Smithsonian Institution, can be found here.

Mitigation and Mitigation Planning  

Mitigation is a subject often overlooked until a disaster comes to pass. Yesterday, Scott Baldwin, Mitigation Specialist with the Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, presented a terrific webinar on the subject. Some of the topics Scott covered included the importance of establishing a relationship with your local emergency manager and planning committee, hazard identification and risk assessment, and funding that might be available in the event of a major disaster. For private nonprofits (PNPs), funding is available through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP); other funding programs include Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM), Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA). Flood mitigation is notably in the news today: FEMA awarded a hazard mitigation grant to the village of Glenview, Illinois, to acquire and demolish flood prone structures.

If you missed the webinar, it is available online in its entirety here, along with many resources to help you get cultural resources incorporated into local mitigation plans.

This webinar is the second in a series produced with support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. For more information on future webinars, see “Disaster and Continuity Planning and Preparedness” and “Federal Disaster Recovery Assistance from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for Private, Nonprofit Organizations.”

Mitigation and Mitigation Planning Webinar Today; Disaster and Continuity Planning and Preparedness Webinar Approaching;

There is still time to register to attend the Mitigation and Mitigation Planning webinar, with Scott Baldwin, Mitigation Specialist, Colorado Office of Emergency Management. The webinar will take place today from 3:00 – 4:30 EST. For more information on what topics will be covered, click here and register here.

There is still one week to register to attend the Disaster and Continuity Planning and Preparedness webinar, presented by Heritage Preservation and Kiran Dhanji, Section Administrator, Preparedness, Texas Division of Emergency Management. The webinar will take place on Thursday, November 20, from 3:00 – 4:30 EST. For more information, see our previous post about this series of webinars, or register here.

Participate in EMI’s Earthquake Focus Virtual Tabletop Exercise (VTTX)

FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute (EMI) is offering a four-hour Earthquake Focus Virtual Tabletop Exercises (VTTX) in January. The VTTX involves key personnel discussing simulated scenarios in an informal setting and can be used to assess plans, policies, training, and procedures. This exercise will provide an excellent opportunity for cultural agencies to engage with their EMA (and vice versa) to further customize the scenario to include cultural and historic resources. All 50 states and 5 US territories are at some risk for earthquakes. How prepared is your state to respond?

The VTTX differs from other tabletop exercises in that it is conducted using Video-Teleconference (VTC) technology (not web-based), and is intended to provide an opportunity for responders across the nation to participate simultaneously in a hazard-specific facilitated discussion. Lead facilitation for the exercise will be coordinated by EMI, with local facilitation provided by the participating EMA. This is a great opportunity to prepare for a potentially devastating earthquake.

Click here for more information. The deadline for your EMA to apply to participate in the exercise is December 22, 2014.

Mitigation and Mitigation Planning Webinar Approaching

There is still one week to register to attend the Mitigation and Mitigation Planning webinar, presented by Heritage Preservation and Scott Baldwin, Mitigation Specialist, Colorado Office of Emergency Management. The webinar will take place on Thursday, November 13, from 3:00 – 4:30 EST. For more information, see our previous post about this series of webinars, or register here.