Live Webinar and Chat
Thursday, November 13, 2014
3:00 – 4:30 pm Eastern
Presenter: Scott Baldwin, Mitigation Specialist with the Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management
We can prepare to respond when disaster strikes by implementing an up-to-date and well-practiced disaster plan. We can prevent many disasters from happening by ensuring the safety of people, protecting our collections and holdings, and taking care of our building. Many disasters cannot be prevented, especially natural disasters, but we can take steps to mitigate damage both before and after disasters.
FEMA defines hazard mitigation as “any sustained action taken to reduce or eliminate long-term risk to life and property from a hazard event.” A shorter definition is simply “impact reduction.” Mitigation planning is a process for systematically identifying policies, activities and tools that can be used to implement those actions.
In this 90-minute webinar, Scott Baldwin, Mitigation Specialist with the Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, will discuss:
- What organizations can do to mitigate damage and loss to the collections and holdings, beginning with hazard identification and risk assessment
- State and local hazard mitigation plans and how to include cultural resources in these plans
- Funding available to private nonprofits (PNPs) through FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grants Program
- Communication strategies to engage with emergency managers and related professionals
- Integrating Historic Property and Cultural Resource Considerations into Hazard Mitigation Planning
- Local Mitigation Planning Handbook (2013)
- Beyond the Basics: Best Practices in Local Mitigation Planning
- Beyond the Basics Fact Sheet
- FEMA Mitigation Training (Online Courses)
- Colorado Cultural & Historic Resources Task Force
- WESTPAS: Western States and Territories Preservation Assistance Service
- Heritage Preservation’s Risk Evaluation and Planning Program
- Risk Evaluation: First Step in Disaster Planning Program (Free Webinar)
- Protecting Your Collections: Writing a Disaster Response Plan (Free Webinar)
Scott Baldwin is a Mitigation Specialist with the Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. He provides technical assistance to communities developing hazard mitigation plans and helps communities with scopes of work for the Hazard Mitigation Assistance programs as well as FEMA Public Assistance. Scott is co-chair of Colorado’s Cultural and Historic Resources Task Force, which works to improve the State of Colorado’s mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery efforts for cultural and historic resources. The CHR Task Force is involved with incorporating museums, libraries, and other cultural institutions into Colorado’s Emergency Management Structure.