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The mission of California Alliance for Response is to put in place the necessary processes, resources and people to ensure preservation of the cultural property, libraries, and archives in California in the event of major emergencies, including earthquakes, floods, fires, or terrorist attacks.
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The San Diego County Office of Emergency Services (OES) hosted meetings of the San Diego County Cultural and Historic Resources (SDCCHR) group on November 11, 2012, and January 17, 2013, to learn more about county emergency operations in relation to disaster response and recovery for libraries, museums, and all cultural and historic resources in the region. The SDCCHR group strives to be as inclusive as possible and a broad definition of CHR has been endorsed.
The January meeting held at the San Diego County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) included a briefing on the EOC and its relationship to local, State and Federal EOCs, requests for resources, the Standardized Emergency Management System, and the National Incident Management System, as well as the various functions served by the EOC. With a basic understanding of the big picture, the majority of the meeting was focused on the role CHR will have when the EOC is activated, how to convey institutional emergency resource needs to the EOC, and how a survey of county CHR will be used. The SDCCHR survey was discussed at the meeting with countywide rollout starting in late January. Several scenario situations were presented to help visualize how to interact with the EOC and how the survey information will be used. A Google Group has been established for the SDCCHR and will be used as a communication tool for CHR.
For more information contact Julie Page, California Preservation Program.

News from Alliance for Response Communities
  • For the latest on AFR networks view our most recent News Brief for Spring 2013.
  • Heritage Preservation is pleased to announce there will be three new forums in 2013 thanks to generous support by the National Endowment for the Humanities. If you would like to get involved, contact us
  • AFR networks have been keeping busy this winter. To find a summary of their activity please read our latest quarterly news brief.
  • Throughout the country, members of Alliance for Response have been representing cultural institutions at stakeholder events for the National Disaster Recovery Framework. Visit FEMA’s Web site to attend the next stakeholder event.
  • The final 2011 Alliance for Response Kick-off Forum was held in Salt Lake City, Utah with more than 80 cultural managers and emergency managers. Click here for more information about this forum.  
  • The Galveston-Houston Area Alliance for Response Forum was held on July 29, 2011 at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. Click here for more information about this exciting summer Forum.
  • The second Alliance for Response National Leadership Institute was held on July 20, 2011 in Denver, CO. Click here for a meeting summary.

California Alliance for Response is a partnership between the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (OES), the California Preservation Program, the Heritage Emergency National Task Force, the Cultural Property Protection Group, National Archives and Records Administration, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, UC San Diego, and Lawrence Berkeley Laboratories.