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Networking Strategies Improve Disaster Readiness


Thursday, May 4, 2023
1 – 2 p.m. CDT
Cost: Free

Alliances between public and institutional entities provide improved strength and resilience to disasters by recognizing common core values, creating alliances and sharing resources. Examples of successful relationships and the challenges they managed can provide collection leadership with models for improved readiness.

Learning Outcomes

  • Awareness of a wide variety of potential institutional allies and programs
  • Understanding how to build or expand networks to improve disaster preparedness and response to better protect their collections

Who Should Attend

Library and archive managers, and those responsible for planning and developing disaster plans and response capabilities for their institutions.


Steve Pine worked as a conservator at the MFA Houston for 32 years and President and a founding member of the Texas Collections Emergency Resource Alliance (TX-CERA). As a member of the American Institute for Conservation (AIC) he served as Chair of the Wooden Artifacts group and the Emergency Committee. He is an active member of the National Heritage Response team of the Foundation for the Advancement in Conservation. Steve has deployed as part of these groups following Hurricanes Katrina, Ike, Sandy, Harvey. In 2018 he was awarded the AIC’s President’s Award for his leadership assisting cultural heritage institutions damaged in the Houston area following Hurricane Harvey. He lectures and leads workshops on disaster preparedness and response for cultural heritage resources and building Alliance for Response networks.

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