[Libs-Or] FREE! Disaster Response Forum for Greater Portland Area

Judith Norton norton at ohsu.edu
Wed Sep 5 16:21:09 PDT 2012

Free Disaster Response Forum for Greater Portland Area Museums, Libraries and Archives!

Water, Wind, Weather: Preparing for the Next Catastrophic Storm

·         Do you remember the Columbus Day Storm of 1962, one of the most powerful wind storms in the United States of the 20th century?  Thirty eight Oregonions lost their lives that day due to the storm.  The Pittock Mansion<http://pittockmansion.org/>, now on the National Register of Historic Places, was so damaged that the owners considered demolition.

·         Do you remember the cyclone of 1995, when wind gusts hit 119 miles per hour at Florence, and topped 60 miles per hour in Portland?  Four Oregonians lost their lives, and the economic impact on the region was estimated at $50,000,000.

·         And do you remember the Willamette Valley Flood of 1996?  The End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center in Oregon City<http://www.endoftheoregontrail.org/>, with its iconic wagon train structure, was almost completely submerged – a major setback for the Center.
Is YOUR cultural heritage institution ready to respond to a severe weather event?  How long would it take to get your operations up and running again?  Who would you call for help?

This all-day forum will bring together staff from museums, archives, libraries and other cultural heritage institutions with first responders, emergency managers, meteorologists, public utilities staff and other professionals to share stories and concerns; to provide practical information on how to prepare, respond and recover from a catastrophic weather event; and to strengthen ties among greater Portland area cultural heritage staff and first responders.

Cost: Free!  Continental breakfast and lunch provided (gluten-free and vegan options available)
Date:  October 12, 2012
Place: Reed College<http://www.reed.edu/facilities_services/reed_static_map.html>, Gray Campus Center
Time: 9:00-4:30 (Registration opens at 8:30)
Registration<http://www.ohsu.edu/xd/education/library/disaster-training-form.cfm> closes on Friday, October 5, 2012

Questions?  Contact Judith Norton, norton at ohsu.edu<mailto:norton at ohsu.edu>, 503-494-3499
This forum has been funded by a grant from Alliance for Response<http://www.heritagepreservation.org/afr/index.html>, a program of Heritage Preservation<http://www.heritagepreservation.org/index.html>, with additional support from Reed College.

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