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2021 Hurricane Season Preparations for U.S. Gulf Coast Cultural Institutions

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Presented on May 6, 2021, reviews the 2021 U.S. Gulf Coast hurricane season, preparations, and response for cultural institutions. Speakers include:

Dan Reilly, Warning Coordination Meteorologist at National Weather Service Houston/Galveston, describes the upcoming hurricane season and hurricane preparedness with content about the specific risks from wind, rain, flooding, and tornadoes that are associated with hurricanes in the U.S. Gulf Coast.

Jason Church, Chief of Technical Services at the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT), discusses preparing buildings and collections in the event of a storm.

Richard McAlister, MSSM, Spokesperson & Meteorologist for the American Red Cross of Central and South Texas, reviews personal safety and resilience.

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Houston Arts Alliance (HAA) is a local arts and culture organization whose principal work is to implement the City of Houston’s vision, values, and goals for its arts grantmaking and civic art investments. HAA’s work is conducted through contracts with the City of Houston, overseen by the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs. HAA also executes privately funded special projects to meet the needs of the arts community, such as disaster preparation, research on the state of the arts in Houston, and temporary public art projects that energize neighborhoods.

The National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT) helps preservationists find better tools, better materials, and better approaches to conserving buildings, landscapes, sites, and collections. It conducts research and testing in its own laboratories, provides cutting edge training around the U.S., and supports research and training projects at universities and nonprofits. NCPTT pushes the envelope of current preservation practice by exploring advances in science and technology in other fields and applying them to issues in cultural resources management.

The Texas Collections Emergency Resource Alliance (TX-CERA) is an affiliation of institutions and professionals that support and advocate for the preservation of Texas cultural heritage. TX-CERA promotes emergency planning followed by training in response and recovery efforts and techniques. TX-CERA helps to mitigate the loss of collections due to disaster by offering professional development workshops, consultations, and institutional networking statewide.