Author: SHER

Applications for Training Opportunity Open through 11/29

Georgia Heritage Responders Training


Savannah, GA, April 22-23, 2020
(Online component to be completed prior to in-person workshop.)


This combination online and in-person training program is designed for cultural heritage professionals in Georgia who want to better prepare their institutions for disasters and join a network of trained experts in the state to help others.

The Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation (FAIC) received funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to train a regional cultural emergency response team in Georgia as part of their continued support of the national Alliance for Response program.  The Heritage Emergency Response Alliance (HERA) and the Savannah Heritage Emergency Response (SHER) are pleased to partner with the FAIC to support this training which starts early 2020 with an online course component followed by an in-person scenario training session in Savannah on April 22 and 23, 2020.

Professionals with experience with natural, cultural and historical collections are encouraged to apply.  Please view for access to the application portal. There is no cost for attending, but there is a selection process and attendance is limited.  Participants traveling from outside of Savannah are eligible for a travel stipend of up to $400.

Application Deadline:  Nov 29, 2019

Questions about the training may be directed to Jessica Unger,

CEMA’s Hurricane Preparedness Week

May 6-12, 2018 is Hurricane Preparedness Week for Chatham County!  This week is dedicated to helping our community prepare for the upcoming 2016 hurricane season, which begins on June 1.

Message from CEMA:
According to Colorado State University, there is an increased probability of a slightly above average Hurricane Season for 2018. Our goal is that through participating in Hurricane Preparedness Week, our community will be able to grow in their preparedness and resilience.
Each day will focus on a specific task that you can do to help your family prepare: 
• Sunday: Determine Your Risk
• Monday: Develop an Evacuation Plan
• Tuesday: Assemble Disaster Supplies
• Wednesday: Get an Insurance Check Up
• Thursday: Strengthen Your Home
• Friday: Help Your Neighbor 
• Saturday: Complete a Written Plan
Stay tuned throughout the week for tips on what you can do to protect your family! Stay informed before, during and after an event by following CEMA on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @ChathamEMA. If you would like to receive alerts via text message, text “Follow ChathamEMA” to 40404
Additionally, follow SHER on Facebook @SavannahHeritageER for resources specifically related to our heritage community!

Rescheduled: HERA Webinar

The HERA program, Coastal Georgia: Hurricane Matthew and Beyond,

has been rescheduled for August 31 at 3:00 pm. If you had previously registered for this program, you will receive a new invitation asking that you re-register. Otherwise, please follow the link provided to register for this program.


Speakers include:

  • Lynette Stoudt, Director, Research Center, Georgia Historical Society
  • Laura Waller, Museum Technician, Fort Pulaski National Monument, National Park Service


Topics discussed:

  • Preparation for and recovery from Hurricane Matthew
  • Recovery from the recent EF2 Tornado
  • Implementing an institutional disaster plan
  • Collections evacuation before and after both events
  • Lessons learned and opportunities for improvement


To register for this free program:

  1. Go to:
  2. Click “Register”.
  3. On the registration form, enter your information and then click “Submit”.

    You will receive a confirmation email message with instructions on how to join the event.

If you have any questions, please email Tracey Johnson at


HERA thanks the Georgia Archives for hosting this program via WebEx.

Chatham County’s 2017 Hurricane PrepareAthon

Are You Prepared?

SHER is partnering with CEMA to promote the 2017 Hurricane PrepareAthon week.  From Monday, July 31 through Friday, August 4, themed days will focus on preparing residents for disaster.


PrepareAthon Telethon

Friday, August 4 is also the PrepareAthon Telethon Day.  The telethon runs from 6:00 AM until 8:00 PM; residents can call in and register for the county’s Community Notification System.  CEMA staff and volunteers will be in CEMA’s Emergency Operations Center to take calls to register residents or help them update their information in the Community Notification System.  The telethon number is 912-644-8899.


About America’s PrepareAthon!

America’s PrepareAthon! is a grassroots campaign for action from FEMA to get people better prepared for emergencies by conducting hazard-specific group discussions, drills, and exercises. Throughout the year, America’s PrepareAthon! helps communities and individuals across the country practice preparedness actions before a disaster or emergency strikes.

Hurricane Matthew: SBA Loan Assistance

Press Release: SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to Businesses and Residents in Georgia Affected by Hurricane Matthew 

WASHINGTON – U.S. Small Business Administration Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet issued the following statement after the announcement of the Presidential disaster declaration for several counties in Georgia affected by Hurricane Matthew that occurred on Oct. 4 –15, 2016.

“The U.S. Small Business Administration is strongly committed to providing the people of Georgia with the most effective and customer-focused response possible to assist businesses, homeowners and renters with federal disaster loans. Getting businesses and communities up and running after a disaster is our highest priority at SBA.”

The disaster declaration covers the counties of Bryan, Bulloch, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, McIntosh and Wayne in Georgia, which are eligible for both Physical and Economic Injury Disaster Loans from the SBA.  Small businesses and most private nonprofit organizations in the following adjacent counties are eligible to apply only for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans: Appling, Brantley, Camden, Candler, Emanuel, Evans, Jenkins, Liberty, Long, Pierce, Screven and Tattnall in Georgia; and Hampton and Jasper in South Carolina.

Businesses and nonprofits can apply for up to $2 million to repair or replace disaster damaged

real estate, machinery, equipment, inventory, and other business assets.  Loans for working capital, known as Economic Injury Disaster Loans, are available even if the business did not suffer any physical damage. Homeowners can apply for up to $200,000 to repair or replace disaster damaged real estate.  Homeowners and renters can apply for up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged personal property including automobiles. 

Interest rates are as low as 4 percent for businesses, 2.625 percent for private nonprofit organizations, and 1.563 percent for homeowners and renters, with terms up to 30 years.  The SBA customizes loan amounts and terms based on each applicant’s circumstances.

Applicants may be eligible for a loan amount increase up to 20 percent of their physical damages, as verified by the SBA for mitigation purposes.  Eligible mitigation improvements may now include a safe room or storm shelter to help protect property and occupants from future damage caused by a similar disaster.

To be considered for all forms of disaster assistance, survivors should register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) at, by mobile device at or call the toll-free Helpline at 800-621-3362. Those who use 711-Relay or Video Relay Services should call 800-621-3362 (800-462-7585 TTY).

The SBA offers several ways to apply for a disaster loan: online application via SBA’s secure website at; visit a recovery center for one-one-one assistance; or download an application from  For information or to request application forms, call the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or send an email to Completed applications should be returned to the center or mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.

The filing deadline to submit applications for physical property damage is Dec. 16, 2016. The deadline for economic injury applications is July 17, 2017.

Contact:  Michael Lampton

Release Number: 17-056, GA 14923/14924                                 


Phone:  (404) 331-0333                 

For more information about the SBA’s Disaster Loan Program, visit our website at