About SHER

WELCOME TO

SAVANNAH HERITAGE EMERGENCY RESPONSE

WHAT IS SHER?

Savannah Heritage Emergency Response group is a constituency of public and private non-profit historic sites, cultural institutions and collections, natural resources organizations, first responders, and emergency management personnel  formed to bring together personnel from these entities to implement and maintain heritage emergency planning, networking, communication, and disaster response measures.

Over 80 heritage sites in Chatham County, including historic structures, landscapes and archaeological sites, documentary collections, object-based collections, and natural science living specimen collections are members and have been identified on electronically maps.

WHAT ARE SHER GOALS?

  • To encourage historic and cultural institutions to inventory and prioritize collections
  • Identify risks to these resources
  • Develop plans for
    • pre-disaster evacuation
    • protection of collections during an event
    • damage assessment and stabilization of sites post-event
    • long-term recovery

 

WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT?

Protection and preservation of Savannah and Chatham County’s cultural sites and collections is vital to the region’s historic and cultural community, economy, and tourism base.  Disasters can happen in any form at any time but of greatest concern is the potential threat of hurricanes between June and November.  Readiness before and after an event is key to a successful recovery.

WHAT HAVE WE ACCOMPLISHED TO DATE?

  • Organization, by-laws, and logo April-May 2010
  • County-wide contact base
  • Staffing ESF-11 desk at CEMA Emergency Operations Center
  • Risk Assessment of Cultural and Heritage Sites with Arthur Dutil leading a discussion based on Heritage Preservation’s pilot Risk Evaluation and Planning Program
  • Discussion of Georgia State Contract pre-qualifying recovery service vendors with John Thomason of the State Purchasing Division
  • On-going training programs via quarterly meetings

MEMBERSHIP:

Membership is open to natural, cultural, historical non-profits and/or first responders and emergency management in Chatham County subject to approval by the Executive Committee and Membership.

LINKS:

Heritage Emergency Alliance of Atlanta e-mail: HERA.AAtlanta@gmail.com

Heritage Preservation  www.heritagepreservation.org, A national non-profit advocate for the proper care of cultural heritage.  Since 1995, the Heritage Emergency National Task Force has worked to help libraries, archives, museums and historic sites safeguard collections.

Risk Evaluation and Planning Program: http://www.heritagepreservation.org/REPP/

Alliance for Response:  http://www.heritagepreservation.org/AfR/index.html          http://www.heritagepreservation.org/AfR/Savannah/index.html

POINTS OF CONTACT:

Chair: Laura Seifert

laura.seifert.chs@gmail.com

Vice Chair: Sherryl Lang

slang@girlscouts.org

Secretary: Lynette Stoudt

LStoudt@georgiahistory.com

Planning Committee Chair: Dave Grotyohann

dsgrotyohann@chathamcounty.org

Our membership includes:

Tybee Island Historical Society

Telfair Museums

Southside Fire/EMS/Security

Savannah-Ogeechee Canal Museum & Nature Center

Savannah Technical College

S.E.A.R.C.H. Institute

Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum

Mercer Williams House Museum

Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace

Historic Savannah Foundation

Heritage Preservation

Georgia Historical Society

Fort Pulaski National Monument

Israel Davenport House Museum

Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home

Congregation Mickve

Coastal Heritage Society

Clerk Superior Court – Chatham County

City of Savannah, Research Library & Municipal Archives

Chatham County-Savannah Metropolitan Planning Commission

Catholic Diocese of Savannah Archives

Armstrong Atlantic State University

Andrew Low House

MEMBER BENEFITS:

Information:

  • Membership is kept apprised of potentially hazardous situations as they are developing via Chatham Emergency Management Agency (CEMA) Assessment Teams through our Emergency Operations Center (EOC) representatives.
  • Your site will be documented as a critical facility by CEMA.
  • The EOC phone number to access information and our EOC representative during a disaster or emergency.

Training & Resources:

  • Quarterly meetings and other workshops will inform you about important disaster planning and mitigation topics.
  • Freezer space at CEMA during individual disasters
  • Freezer space at Base Camp during major disasters (government agencies and collections only)
  • Access to disaster recovery vendors through the state contracts through 2013
  • The SHER team at Base Camp during a major disaster

Communication:

  • Our Google Group enables us to contact each other efficiently.
  • SHER website: https://sheronline.info/
  • Develop relationships with local emergency personnel and first responders

Also for Emergency Management:

  • Gain familiarity with cultural and historical critical facilities
  • Opportunity  to educate ESF-NCH 11 organizations
  • Prevention training at ESF-NCH 11 facilities
  • Contact information for critical staff at NCH facilities
  • Help mitigate impact to critical structures and protect life during a disaster

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