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Monday, May 16 • 4:00pm - 5:30pm
(General Session: Hearing from a group - Two Panels on Collaborative Efforts Following Recent Disasters) To Protect and Preserve: Collaborative Efforts to Build and Sustain Cultural Heritage Emergency Networks

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Emergency managers recognize that close collaboration, good working relationships, and established networks are key to successful response and recovery efforts following a major disaster. Agencies and organizations in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia have taken their cue from emergency management and developed collaborative approaches to prepare heritage organizations to prevent, mitigate, respond to, and recover from disaster. This session will look at a number of different models of cultural heritage emergency networks on three continents: • The California Heritage Protection Project, a six-county pilot project that is testing a partnership model to improve emergency preparedness at cultural institutions in all 58 counties in the state • The Hawaii Emergency Network for Cultural Heritage, established in 2013 following a State Heritage Emergency Partnership forum conducted by Heritage Preservation, and the challenges of outreach and response within the island state and to US territories in the Pacific • A diverse array of networks in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, including the East Midlands Museums Service Emergency Response Team, the London Heritage Salvage Network, and the Northern Ireland Coordinating Committee for Heritage Emergencies • Australian disaster networks strengthened by Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) – from Darwin, Northern Territory; to the state of Queensland; to Canberra, Australian Capital Territory; and southward to Ballarat, Victoria. Panelists will compare and contrast their network’s genesis, mission, scope, governance structure, communication (outreach and information sharing), unique challenges, and, if a network has responded to a disaster, its role and responsibilities. Particular attention will be paid to common issues and concerns that confront each network – funding, sustaining an all-volunteer effort, getting cultural heritage on the radar screen of emergency managers, and institutionalizing the concept of the protection of cultural heritage at the county or state level. 

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Alexandra Ellem

Senior Tutor & Conservator of Paintings, University of Melbourne & Private Practice
Alex is passionate about conservation advocacy. During her role as President of the Victorian Branch of AICCM, the Australian equivalent of AIC, from 2006 to 2010 she played a major role in the organisation's 2009 Victorian bushfire effort aimed at assisting the public and collecting institutions providing information and donated materials for storage of salvaged materials. She is the AICCM Representative to Blue Shield Australia, of which AICCM... Read More →
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Lori Foley

Administrator, Heritage Emergency National Task Force, FEMA | Smithsonian Institution
Lori Foley is an emergency management specialist in the Readiness Branch of FEMA’s Office of Environmental Planning and Historic Preservation, the office that deals with the protection of natural and cultural resources and historic properties. Prior to joining FEMA, she was briefly the Director of Emergency Programs at FAIC. Prior to that, she was Vice President of Emergency Programs at Heritage Preservation, where her responsibilities... Read More →
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Malia Van Heukelem

Preservation Specialist, University of Hawaii at Manoa Library
Malia Van Heukelem is a Preservation Specialist for the University of Hawaii’s Hamilton Library Preservation Lab, where she oversees disaster planning and response, environmental monitoring, and integrated pest management. She has worked with a variety of collections, beginning at the University of Hawai‘i Art Gallery, and served as Collections Manager for the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts’ Art in Public Places... Read More →
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Fiona Macalister

Preventive Conservator & Consultant, Independent Conservator & ICOMOS-ICORP
Fiona Macalister, since 2008 an independent preventive conservator working for heritage organisations and historic house owners. She worked previously for museums and the National Trust for England, Wales and Northern Ireland. As Preventive Conservation Adviser, from 2003-2008, she organised the National Trust's annual Emergency Salvage Course, delivering training to c. 80 participants annually, in collaboration with specialist colleagues. A... Read More →
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Julie Page

WESTPAS Co-Coordinator, Western States & Territories Preservation Assistance Service
Julie A. Page is Co-Coordinator for both the Western States & Territories Preservation Assistance Service (WESTPAS) and the California Preservation Program, an initiative of the California State Library. She is a trainer for the WESTPAS workshop “Protecting Cultural Collections: Disaster Prevention, Preparedness, Response & Recovery” and is a member of FAIC's National Heritage Responders. Julie has presented on disaster topics for... Read More →

Monday May 16, 2016 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Room 516 AB

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