Cultural institutions may need specialized help during a disaster (such as proper handling of a collection’s delicate or hazardous materials) but cultural institutions can also serve their communities before, during or after disasters. Here are a few ideas -- How can you help?
Libraries can offer free public access computers for displaced residents and staff experienced in helping the public
Historical societies can provide training on the proper way to restore family heirlooms
Museums can provide meeting rooms
Natural resource agencies can offer their open land for use as supply depot
The Bottom Line:
Communities must have Emergency Operations Plans (EOP’s) and Hazard Mitigation Plans in place to ensure eligibility for state or federal disaster assistance funding, which includes compliance with Natural and Cultural Resources and Historic Properties applicable federal regulations/codes and State statutes/rules.
FEMA encourages the integration and consideration of NCH resources across all plans and activities but Natural and Cultural Resources and Historic Properties are specifically addressed in Emergency Support Function (ESF) #11 – Agriculture and Natural Resources Annex: “Emergency Support Function (ESF) #11 – Agriculture and Natural Resources organizes and coordinates Federal support for the protection of the Nation’s agricultural and natural and cultural resources during national emergencies.
ESF #11 works during actual and potential incidents to provide nutrition assistance; respond to animal and agricultural health issues; provide technical expertise, coordination and support of animal and agricultural emergency management; ensure the safety and defense of the Nation’s supply of meat, poultry, and processed egg products; and ensure the protection of natural and cultural resources and historic properties.”
Take a look at the ESF #11 Annex in your community’s EOP. Does it adequately address your local Natural and Cultural Resources and Historic Properties? Does the document identify everyone who should be included in the EOP?
Note: These people are known as “stakeholders” which may include visitors, administrators, board members, funding sources, and contacts in your local/regional/national associations, among others. Need More Information…… check out the following links?