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7/26/2011 Houston-- The MFAH will host an inaugural disaster preparedness forum, led by the Heritage Emergency National Task Force’s Alliance for Response, on Friday, July 29. Some 300 library, archive, and museum professionals based in 10 counties in the Houston and Galveston areas have been invited to share expertise and resources in this unique partnership.
The conference will focus on disaster situations specific to the region, including hurricanes, tornadoes, and flash floods, and will teach participants how to respond to such large-scale natural events to both protect and preserve the objects in their care and to connect to a larger network of national emergency management professionals. Regardless of the scope of the emergency, the first response will always be local and partnerships must be in place before disaster strikes. Forum speakers will include representatives from FEMA, Offices of Emergency Management (from both Harris County and Galveston), the City of Houston Cultural Affairs Office, and the National Archives, among others.

When: Friday, July 29, 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m

Where: The Brown Auditorium Theater/ The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Caroline Wiess Law Building, 1001 Bissonnet