WHAT IS SHER?
Savannah Heritage Emergency Response 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 electronic maps.
WHAT ARE SHER’s 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 SHER 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 HAS SHER 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
WHO ARE OUR MEMBERS?
Membership is open to natural, cultural, historical non-profits and government institutions, and first responders and emergency management in Chatham County subject to approval by the Executive Committee and Membership. See the Membership page for more information.
WHO IS SHER’S EXECUTIVE BOARD?
SHER’s executive board is made up of five coordinators: Chief Coordinator, Membership Coordinator, Training Coordinator, CEMA Coordinator, and a Coordinator Emeritus from a previous board.