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Archivists of the Houston Area (AHA!) invite you to attend a meeting
designed to provide professional contacts and useful information for
archivists and records managers regarding disaster planning.

AHA! meetings are free and open to the public - please join us!

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DISASTER PLANNING

WHEN: March 20, 2003 6-9pm

WHERE: Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center John P. McGovern
Historical Collections and Research Center.

DIRECTIONS: The address for the Historical Research Center is 8272 El Rio,
Suite 190 --just South and East of the Texas Medical Center and inside the
South Loop 610.

If you are driving on the South Loop 610, exit at Almeda Road. Turn on
Almeda going North toward downtown. The first traffic light is Holly
Hall. Turn right (toward the East) on Holly Hall, then turn right on El
Rio. You will see a sign for 8272 El Rio on the right. Turn into the
parking lot and proceed straight ahead. The Archive is in the corner unit,
Suite 190.

See the attached link for general directions and map to the building:
<http://mcgovern.library.tmc.edu/text/contact/index.htm>

*** So come early, stay late, bring some tasty treats, and listen, learn and
network, because the question is not whether your Houston archives will ever
be hit by a disaster, but WHEN? ***

PROGRAM INFO:
The evening will be packed with information concerning disaster response.
The three major Texas vendors in the business of disaster response, Munters,
BMS-Cat, and Belfor (formerly Disaster Recovery Services), and a local
vendor, Solex Environmental Systems, will discuss the services they can
provide for documents, artifacts, and buildings following a disaster. They
will also discuss the important point of pre-registering, or pre-contracting
for their services before a disaster. All of these vendors were heavily
involved in Houston after Tropical Storm Allison, and at least one vendor
worked to help the U.S. recover from the 9/11 disaster.

Also that night, Beth White, Manager of the McGovern Historical Collections
and Research Center, will give a tour of their new facility, and discuss
what their archive went through during Allison, and their follow-up
post-Allison.  We are also attempting to get someone from the NASA-JSC Space
Environment Simulation Laboratory to come talk about their two large
Vacuum dryers, since they continue to offer assistance to local non-profits
after every hurricane or disaster in the Houston area.

Tentative schedule:
6-7pm: Beth White, welcome to HAM-TMC McGovern Archives, tour, talk re:
Tropical Storm Allison/response

VENDOR PRESENTATIONS:
7-7:30: Munters Rep.
7:30-7:45: BMS-Cat Rep.
7:45-8pm: Belfor Rep.
8-8:15pm: Solex Environmental Systems Rep.
8:15-8:30pm: NASA-JSC Space Environment Simulation Laboratory Rep.
8:30-9pm: Chat with vendors

Also, don't forget about the upcoming all day-long TLA pre-conference
disaster planning workshop, in Houston, on April 1, 2003, which will give
you more good information and training in dealing with disasters.
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FOR QUESTIONS related to this AHA! PROGRAM, CONTACT MARK LAMBERT @
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FOR AHA! PUBLIC RELATIONS QUESTIONS, CONTACT MANDY YORK @ [log in to unmask]

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