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Plan an Alliance for Response Forum

Alliance for Response activity begins with a one-day forum for cultural leaders and emergency professionals.

A local committee organizes and implements an AFR kick-off forum with guidance from the Foundation for Advancement in Conservation. A lead institution recruits a forum planning committee representing the region’s cultural heritage, civic, and emergency response communities. It is important that the planning committee membership--like the audience for the forum--be diverse in terms of the types of institutions represented (archives, libraries, museums, and historic sites) and their governance (nonprofit, university, state, municipal institutions). Representation from the emergency management community is essential.

Community Involvement

In addition to inviting leaders of cultural institutions to your forum, be sure to invite:

  • Your local fire chief, fire marshal, and fire station captains.
  • Local emergency management coordinator, police chief, and mayor.
  • Leaders of your regional and/or state archives, emergency management, historic preservation, library, and museum associations.

Inform the offices and associations linked to below about your efforts. They might have suggestions for speakers or invitees and could be involved in follow-up efforts.

The following resources provide guidance and examples:

If you are interested in hosting an Alliance for Response kick-off forum, email emergencies@culturalheritage.org.