Alliance for Response Forum to be Held October 25 at the Oklahoma History Center

Posted by OMA on 08/27/2019

Alliance for Response Forum to be Held October 25 at the Oklahoma History Center
The Forum is free, but registration is required by October 15.  Register here
Sponsorship information here
Download the invitation here

Bringing together cultural heritage and emergency management professionals at the local level – where virtually all initial disaster response occurs – is the purpose of the Alliance for Response. The Alliance for Response is designed to link key cultural heritage and emergency response representatives, leading to new partnerships. Alliance for Response fosters cooperation among cultural organizations, influences local planning efforts, and enhances the protection of cultural and historic resources.

Oklahoma is planning a free Alliance for Response Forum on October 25, 2019 from 10:00am - 3:00pm at the Oklahoma History Center in Oklahoma City, lunch is included. Museums, libraries and archives throughout Oklahoma are invited to the Forum and encouraged to invite their community emergency response representatives to attend with them as a team. Emergency response representatives may attend without a cultural organization. The Forum is free, but registration is required by October 15.  Register here

The Forum is being planned as an opportunity where museums, libraries and archives can reach out and form partnerships with their local emergency response representatives. The Forum provides an opportunity for cultural heritage stewards, from directors to curators to conservators and more, to exchange important information with and get to know their community’s firefighters, police, and local, state, and federal emergency managers.

The Alliance for Response network is being organized in Oklahoma, as our state is known as a region with a wealth of cultural resources threatened by tornados, flooding, earthquakes and other natural disasters.

The Alliance for Response is in partnership with the Oklahoma Museums Association, Oklahoma Department of Libraries, Oklahoma Archivists Association, Oklahoma Historical Records Advisory Board and Oklahoma History Center in cooperation with the Foundation for Advancement in Conservation (FAIC) with support in part from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), Union Pacific Railroad Foundation and the Chisholm Trail Museum. 


Tentative Forum Agenda
The October 25, 2019 Forum is from 10am-3pm, including lunch, and will comprise of a brief presentation by Dr. Bob Blackburn, Executive Director Oklahoma History Center, on how cultural heritage contributes to the community. This will be followed by a panel discussion with emergency response representatives and cultural institutions on how they each respectfully handle disasters. The keynote lunch presentation will be given by Oklahoma state climatologist, Gary McManus.  The afternoon will consist of two tracks, one for cultural institutions and one for emergency response representatives. Cultural institutions will learn how to navigate during and after the disaster, and the emergency response representatives will tour the Oklahoma History Center collections and research areas to better understand the complexities involved in protecting museum, library and archives collections during a disaster.

In order to make this Alliance for Response Forum as success, sponsors are being sought. If you are interested in being a sponsor, please download the Sponsorship Opportunities for the Oklahoma Alliance for Response Network Forum here. Sponsorships are available on a first come - first served basis. For more information on sponsorships, please contact Brenda Granger, OMA Executive Director at [email protected] or at 405.424.7757


Oklahoma Museums Association programs and services are made possible with assistance from Oklahoma Arts Council, Kirkpatrick Family Fund, The Anne & Henry Zarrow Foundation, Visit Enid, Oklahoma Today, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, The Springer Company, Oklahoma Archivists Association and Bruce Chadick.