Emergency Committee-Sponsored Disaster Response Workshop at the Annual Meeting

The Emergency Committee is sponsoring an AIC disaster response workshop at the annual meeting. This is one of the few times conservators are able to directly speak with someone from FEMA. Consider attending!

Getting the Money: Disaster Funding to Get Institutions Back on Their Feet
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon, $79 (free for AIC-CERT members)

Organized by the AIC Emergency Committee. Funded in part by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Cultural institutions need funding to begin recovering their cultural assets in the immediate aftermath of a disaster. Learn from national experts how you can help cultural institutions – including your own – find critical financial aid in a program filled with practical advice.

Hitoshi Kimura, AIC-CERT member, will set the stage with photos of what he encountered when deployed to the North Lee County Historical Society (NLCHS) in Fort Madison, Iowa, following the 2008 Mississippi River flooding.

L.D. “Andy” Andrews, President of the North Lee County Historical Society, will share the challenges they faced trying to secure recovery funding for NLCHS.

Deborah Peak, Senior Vice President at Huntington T. Block Insurance Company, will discuss fine arts insurance issues as they relate to post-disaster funding, including how to document and file a claim and how to establish value for cultural materials.

Georgia Taylor, founder and fine art claims adjuster of Shooting Star Claims, will share her perspective on the administration of fine art losses for museums, galleries, artists, and art collectors.

Kristy B. Barbier, FEMA’s Public Assistance Outreach Officer for Region VI, will explain the federal funding that can aid cultural institutions in disaster response and recovery and, most important, will provide advice on how cultural institutions can successfully navigate the Public Assistance process.

These four know the scoop. Do you? Develop your effectiveness in times of need by attending this unique program. Register today at http://www.conservation-us.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=page.viewPage&pageID=711&nodeID=1.