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Central Virginia

The Museum Emergency Support Team (M.E.S.T.) provides an active network for local museums, libraries, and archives to improve their collective emergency preparedness, better protect their collections, staff, and visitors, and coordinate mutual assistance in recovery from disasters affecting cultural resources in greater Richmond.



Tracy Bryan
Kathy Garrett-Cox
Libby Howlett

Central Virginia Alliance for Response Kick-off Forum

July 28, 2015
Hanover Tavern

Agenda (PDF)
Summary (PDF)
Speaker Biographies (PDF)
Planning Committee (PDF)

PowerPoint Presentations

What is M.E.S.T. and How Can You Get Involved? Kathy Garrett-Cox, Manager of Historical Collections, Maymont Foundation and Chair, Central Virginia Museum Emergency Support Team Training
Protecting and Preserving Our Cultural Heritage: The Power of Partnerships, Lori Foley, Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works
FEMA and Cultural Resources in Disaster, Amanda Ciampolillo, Regional Environmental Officer for Federal Emergency Management Agency Region Three
Working with Emergency Responders, David Creasy, Fire Marshal, City of Richmond Fire Department
When Worlds Collides, Ken Myers, Director of Operations and Capital Projects, The Valentine
Table Top Exercises, Allen Evans, Training and Compliance Coordinator, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts