March 8th, 2013: Our spring meeting was held at CMU and presented a program on digital disasters called "Digital Death: Prevention and Response" that featured three speakers and a panel discussion. The speakers were: Gabrielle Michalek (the Head of Digital Library Initiatives at CMU), Matthew Butkovic (Technical Portfolio Manager for Critical Infrastructure Protection at the Software Engineering Institute at CMU), and Tom Clareson (Senior Consultant in Digital and Preservation Services at LYRASIS). The Google Drive folder has each of the speakers' presentations, the meeting minutes, and a few photos. This meeting had an exceptional turnout of 42 people (our next highest-attended meetings were all of our 2012 programs).
September 20th, 2012: September was National Preparedness Month and in honor of this, our program featured guest speaker Bob Winters, Protective Security Advisor for the Pittsburgh District, Homeland Security. He discussed local disaster response efforts and how cultural institutions can work with Homeland Security. Following his presentation, we conducted our fall business meeting. Check out the meeting minutes for more details.
May 4th, 2012: An additional spring meeting was held at UPitt's Library Resource Facility to debut the shared disaster supply cache that was purchased from an NEH grant. Please see the dedicated page for more details on accessing these supplies as well as a video overview. Additionally, the grant also sponsored a disaster response exercise led by Tom Clareson from Lyrasis. Tom led attendees in a wet materials exercise that demonstrated work space set-up, triage, basic drying techniques, and how to pack up the items for freeze-drying. There are some informative documents from this exercise, great photos, a brief video clip, and the meeting minutes.
April 20th, 2012: Our spring meeting was held at UPitt's Library Resource Facility and afterward included a tour of Pittsburgh's 911 Emergency Operations Center next door. It was an excellent way to see what happens when you place a call to 911 or in the event of a larger area-wide disaster. Please see the meeting minutes in Google Docs. And consider running for a position during our summer election! Photos from the tour are available for viewing here.
November 11th, 2011: Fall meeting at the Mattress Factory. The group toured MF's archival storage facilities and offered advice. We also learned about winterizing our collections. Please see the attachments in Google Docs for the winterizing Powerpoint and the meeting minutes. Our photos from this visit are also available for viewing here.
May 4th, 2011: Meeting at Point Park University to discuss grant awarded for disaster supplies cache and reorganization of the group. The meeting summary can be read here.
October 12th, 2010: Meeting/visit to BELFOR Property Restoration facility in Cuddy, PA.
June 17th, 2010: Meeting at Rodef Shalom for risk assessment, fire safety program, & public relations protocol. The meeting summary can be read here.
March 23rd, 2010: Spring Program, "The Anatomy of Response." The meeting summary can be read here.
September 9th, 2009: Fire Safety and Fire Suppression Workshop. The meeting summary can be read here.
February 27th, 2009: AFR meeting at University of Pittsburgh. The meeting agenda and summary can be read here.
October 20th, 2008: Tabletop exercise, with the agenda available here.
June 4th, 2008: AFR Pittsburgh Kick-off Forum at the Carnegie Museum of Pittsburgh. Agenda and Planning Committee can be found here in Google Docs.