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.

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The Supercharged Management System: Applying the Incident Command System in Cultural Repositories

A Webinar and Live Chat Event

Take part in this free webinar on Thursday, April 17, at 1:00 p.m. (Eastern). We encourage you to share the event announcement with your constituents.

Every cultural repository needs two management structures: the day-to-day, business-as-usual hierarchy, and a “supercharged” management structure that takes over temporarily during a crisis or whenever events threaten to overwhelm normal business routines. Emergency responders have used just such a supercharged structure for years: the Incident Command System (ICS). Whether you are preparing for fires and floods—or planning a major public event—the Incident Command System is a proven management tool that safeguards lives, property, and priceless collections. Learn how to put it to use at your organization!

Follow this link to access the webinar. You do not need to be a registered member of the Online Community to participate. Simply click on the green “Access Meeting Room” button on the right-hand side of the home page. Once there, enter your name and location and click enter. You will be redirected to the webinar. If you’re having difficulty, please take a look at our help page.

Take Part in the 1st Wildfire Community Preparedness Day on May 3rd

Heritage Preservation’s annual MayDay campaign encourages cultural institutions to do one thing for disaster planning during the month of May.

This year, the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) and State Farm are encouraging communities to recognize Saturday, May 3rd, as National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day. State Farm is offering up 20 grants of $500 to fund community projects that will reduce the risk of wildfires.

Interested project organizers may enter the contest through NFPA’s website or Facebook page. The deadline to enter is March 19th, so make sure to get your entry forms in!

If you’re looking for project ideas, NFPA offers several suggestions in addition to project resources and a program video. Wildfires pose a significant danger to upwards of 72,000 U.S. communities, with more than one quarter of US states at increased risk.* Please be sure to share this information with any relevant parties.

*Alaska, Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, and Florida

Source: Natural Disasters by Patrick L. Abbott, New York: McGraw-Hill, 2005