Best Practices Gleaned from the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombings

On April 3, 2015, a multi-jurisdictional Project Management Team released the After Action Report for the Response to the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombings. The 130-page report, the product of a year-long process, provides an overview of the incidents that occurred during the week of April 15, 2013; discusses the response activities of public safety, public health, emergency medical, and healthcare communities; and discusses best practices, lessons learned, and areas needing improvement.

While you might think that response activities following the Boston Marathon bombings are a far cry from the emergency preparedness and response goals of the State Heritage Emergency Partnership (SHEP) program, many of the best practices noted in the report are consistent with SHEP’s goals. They include developing and maintaining pre-existing professional relationships, formal mutual aid agreements, and effective collaboration to maintain situational awareness.

The full report is posted here on the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency website.

Prepare for MayDay 2015: Join the Movement!

The Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (FAIC) is proud to carry on Heritage Preservation’s MayDay initiative encouraging libraries, museums, archives, historical societies, and preservation organizations to set aside May 1, 2015, to examine and increase their preparedness for emergencies.

Any organization can participate in MayDay. Last year staff at the Snowden Library of Lycoming College in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, reviewed basic first aid procedures with their department of safety and security, updated their disaster plan, and created a Pocket Response Plan; at the Historic Fourth Ward School Museum in Virginia City, Nevada, staff, volunteers, and interns met to discuss possible emergency situations, reviewed and updated their emergency manual, and made sure all personnel clearly understood the steps to be taken in various emergencies; and the Worthington Historical Society in Worthington, Ohio, developed a system for labeling their collections according to high, medium, and low priority in the event of an emergency to share with staff, volunteers, and local emergency personnel.

Visit FAIC’s MayDay page to view project ideas and the MayDay logo.

Activities hosted by FAIC for MayDay 2015 are sponsored by Polygon Group, offering document recovery, emergency planning services, property damage restoration, and temporary humidity control across the globe.

The Society of American Archivists (SAA) created the MayDay initiative in 2006 and promoted the idea to its members and allied organizations. The following year, the Heritage Emergency National Task Force and SAA expanded the concept to include all kinds of collecting institutions and historic preservation interests. For more information about SAA’s MayDay activities, click here.

About FAIC

FAIC, the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic & Artistic Works, supports conservation education, research, and outreach activities that increase understanding of our global cultural heritage.

Are You Prepared for 2015?

Now is an excellent time to take stock of your preparedness measures and explore new tools to supplement your existing emergency planning. FEMA has launched a new mobile site, increasing functionality on the move. Access to a desktop is frequently limited during a disaster and FEMA’s push to go mobile is augmented by other resources, like data.disasters.gov, which is a portal for disaster-related datasets and tools for innovative preparedness activities. FEMA has compiled a list of apps and other tools that provide disaster support on the cutting edge of technology. Ready.gov is launching a new campaign, Resolve to be Ready, which includes a series of social media–ready activities and tools. Start off the New Year right and be prepared for anything in 2015.

Maine Emergency Management Agency Conference

Maine Emergency Management Agency’s Partners in Emergency Preparedness Conference will take place April 22-23 at the Augusta Civic Center.

Over the course of two days, panels will feature a variety of approaches to emergency preparedness. (See the action-packed agenda here). The very first session on Tuesday, April 22, at 8:30 am, includes a panel entitled Talking with the Firefighter, Listening to the Museum Director.  Led by Ellen Dyer (Cultural Emergency Resource Coalition), Heidi Leinonen (Lincoln County Emergency Management Agency), and Julia Clark (Curator of Collections at the Abbe Museum and Assistant Fire Chief of the Orland Fire Department), this panel will look at priorities, responsibilities, and communication needs of emergency responders and cultural stewards.

Those who are interested in attending the conference can register at the door.

Preparing for Severe Spring Weather Webinar

Date/Time: Tuesday, March 11th, 2014 2:00 pm to 3:00 PM EDT

Registration Link: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/191715953

Check out this webinar which addresses risks associated with the upcoming Spring season. Please be sure to share with your constituents!

“We have all witnessed the devastating effects Mother Nature can cause throughout the year. As we look ahead to Spring, now is the time to prepare for the threats posed by spring storms and floodwaters. Your organization is more than just a place of business to your customers, employees and stakeholders. Your organization is a key aspect of their lives, and one that must be protected. If your organization is affected by adverse weather conditions, how well will you be prepared to serve those who depend on you in their time of need?

Join the SBA and co-sponsor Agility Recovery as we welcome Agility CEO Bob Boyd who will share practical, applicable tips and best practices to mitigate the risks posed by spring weather conditions.  These recommended steps and strategies are based on the thousands of successful business recoveries following weather disasters, including those related to flooding, tornadoes and severe storms.

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