Training, relationship-building, and Commonwealth-wide policy development are the primary focus of this two-year initiative.
The project was thoroughly documented and analyzed in a white paper presented to the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) in January 2017. Click here to read the white paper.
A program of the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works, the Alliance for Response program is designed to build bridges between the cultural heritage and emergency response communities before disasters happen, with the ultimate goal of forming new partnerships, policies, and cooperative planning efforts. The PaCRN project supports existing Alliance for Response Networks in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Northwestern Pennsylvania, and Central Pennsylvania and helped to start new networks in Northeastern Pennsylvania, suburban Philadelphia, Lancaster, and Berks/Lehigh Counties.
Workshops and training sessions make up a large component of PaCRN. Having knowledge of emergency planning and recovery protocols is essential in the event of a small or large-scale disaster. Workshops on emergency planning were held in Carlisle, Williamsport, Altoona, and Bryn Mawr in 2014. In-depth collections recovery workshops were held in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Erie, Harrisburg, Allentown, and Lancaster in 2015. The grant project concluded with a statewide conference in Fall 2016.
Having someone to turn to that understands the needs of your museum, library, archive, or historic site can be a life saver in an emergency situation. PaCRN recruited volunteers to serve on the Pennsylvania Cultural Response Team (PaCRT). The team is comprised of approximately 50 emergency management and cultural professionals from across the state. The volunteers received intensive training on emergency response and recovery resources, health and safety, and best practices for response to an emergency involving a cultural institution. The volunteers are deployed as needed to regional institutions.
Training for the Team consisted of a 4-part webinar series and a daylong, in-person intensive. Check out what they learned by clicking here.
New technical bulletins and online resources on emergency-related topics are periodically added to this page. Examples of technical bulletin topics include emergency planning, health and safety during emergency response and recovery, guidelines for disaster assessment, and supply lists. A response and recovery vendor resource guide specifically for Pennsylvania is being developed.
The Pennsylvania Cultural Resilience Network is made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS National Leadership Grant # MG-30-13-0084-13), with additional support from the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.