DEVELOPING STATEWIDE EMERGENCY AND DISASTER PREPAREDNESS EXPERTISE
STEPHANIE WATKINS, & Chinese proverb
5 5. RESOURCES
To develop a preparedness plan or training program, first define the needs and expectations of the group. Next, identify the resources within the community. Use published accounts and guides available through the library, Internet, or World Wide Web as references. One available guide is the “Emergency Response and Salvage Wheel” developed through Heritage Preservation and the Getty Conservation Institute. It is available by calling (888) 979-2233.
Government agencies may be able to offer advice and information but seldom are able to provide the materials and equipment necessary for training in the protection of cultural material. Contact your local community Emergency Management Office (EMO) or City Emergency Management Agency (CEMA) to determine what is already available in your area and the extent to which these agencies can offer you advice, guidance, and assistance. Your State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) may also offer classes in developing these training programs but may not have a cultural property recovery course already in place. State services vary, so contact state agencies directly. The contact numbers for state services can be found in the government blue pages of your local phone book or via websites. Many state websites are linked through FEMA's website at www.fema.gov. Contact the Federal Emergency Management Agency at Federal Center Plaza, 500 C St., S.W., Washington D.C. 20472; FEMA's Emergency Management Institute at 16825 S. Seton Ave., Emmitsburg, Md. 21727-8998, phone (800) 238-3358; or consult FEMA's website for additional information about training and available services and assistance.