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    Check this out! Mary Mary Turner Illinois Association of Museums Illinois Historic Preservation Agency 1 Old State Capitol Plaza Springfield, IL 62701
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 18, 2007
      Check this out!

      Mary Turner
      Illinois Association of Museums
      Illinois Historic Preservation Agency
      1 Old State Capitol Plaza
      Springfield, IL 62701

      -----Original Message-----
      From: Kate Marks <kmarks@...>
      To: historichousemuseums@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Wed, 18 Jul 2007 3:08 pm
      Subject: [AASLH Hist House Mus] New Tools to Protect Cultural Heritage

      The following is a text-only press release. A Microsoft Word version of
      this release can be downloaded at www.heritagepreserv ation.org/ lessons/

      July 18, 2007

      CONTACT: Mary Rogers, 202-233-0800 or TaskForce@heritagep reservation. org

      National Task Force Releases New Tools to Protect Cultural Heritage
      Resources Will Aid in Disaster Preparedness and Recovery

      WASHINGTON, D.C.-A new collection of handy tools designed especially for
      libraries, archives, museums, historic sites, and historic preservation
      and arts organizations has been released by the Heritage Emergency
      National Task Force. The tools are the result of the Task Force's
      "Lessons Applied" initiative to develop practical applications for the
      lessons from Hurricane Katrina, such as helping cultural institutions
      apply for disaster aid and developing relationships with emergency

      The new tools are available as free downloads at
      www.heritageemergen cy.org:
      * Tips for Working with Emergency Responders. Getting to know
      local emergency responders and how they work before disaster strikes can
      help keep staff and collections safe. This handy sheet tells how to find
      and build relationships with emergency responders, as well as what
      information needs to be exchanged to help responders protect cultural
      * Guide to Navigating FEMA and SBA Funding. This concise Web site
      leads cultural institutions through the process of applying to the Small
      Business Administration (SBA) and FEMA for assistance after major
      disasters. Links put policies, application forms, and other necessary
      paperwork at the user's fingertips along with simple, step-by-step
      instructions for the application process.
      * MayDay. MayDay is an annual event that encourages cultural
      institutions to undertake one simple emergency preparedness task.
      Created by the Society of American Archivists, MayDay was expanded in
      2007 to include libraries, museums, and arts and historic preservation
      organizations. This year hundreds of organizations promoted the message,
      and FEMA featured MayDay on its Web site. The Task Force has produced a
      list of suggested MayDay activities, as well as promotional materials.
      * Recommended Professional Emergency Management Training. Most
      staff members want to help in the aftermath of an emergency at their
      institutions or in their communities. The free courses listed in this
      resource teach cultural heritage staff and volunteer teams about local,
      state, and federal disaster response frameworks already in place, as
      well as official protocols and structure, terminology, and key local

      Panels composed of Task Force members and other experts have been
      working since October 2006 to prepare new resources and develop
      longer-term recommendations in the areas of incentives for preparedness,
      working with first responders, effective regional response, funding, and
      coordination among service organizations. The Task Force met July 17,
      2007, to announce the new tools and discuss results of a member survey
      on Katrina, which will help the group prepare for future events. Other
      proposed initiatives include a preparedness poster, speakers' bureau on
      cultural heritage emergencies, guidelines for mutual assistance
      networks, GIS standards for cultural collections, a collections
      stabilization fund, and a new Foundation Center guide identifying
      disaster resources.

      The "Lessons Applied" initiative has been made possible through grants
      from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Bay and Paul
      Foundations and the volunteer efforts of Task Force members. See
      www.heritagepreserv ation.org/ lessons/panels. html for a complete roster
      of panel members.

      The Heritage Emergency National Task Force is a partnership of 41
      national service organizations and federal agencies created to protect
      cultural heritage from the damaging effects of natural disasters and
      other emergencies. The Task Force was founded in 1995 and is
      co-sponsored by Heritage Preservation and the Federal Emergency
      Management Agency.

      For over 30 years, Heritage Preservation has been the national,
      nonprofit advocate for the proper care of all cultural heritage-in
      museums, libraries, homes, and town squares. For more information, visit
      www.heritagepreserv ation.org. The National Endowment for the Humanities
      (NEH) is an independent federal agency created in 1965. It is the
      largest funder of humanities programs in the United States. For more
      information, visit www.neh.gov.


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