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ICOM Disaster Relief for Museums Task Force

From: Isabelle Verger <iv<-a>
Date: Monday, October 13, 2008
The following is posted on behalf of Hanna Pennock
<pennock<-a t->erfgoedinspectie< . >nl>, ICOM DRFM Task Force

    ICOM "Disaster Relief for Museums" Task Force DRFM Task Force
    was established after the tsunami 2004. In May 2008 the ICOM
    Executive Council prolonged our mandate for another three years
    and confirmed the chair. Many new members were appointed as
    well. The new Task Force consists of Dr. Thomas Schuler (chair),
    Cori Wegener (vice-chair), Carla Bonomi (ICOM secretariat), Amar
    Galla (ICOM CCTF), Hans-Jurgen Harras (ICMS), Hongnam Kim (ICOM
    EC), Leif Pareli (Blue Shield - ANCBS), Hanna Pennock (ICOM EC),
    Joergen Wadum (ICOM-CC). Our mission is to assist museums in
    natural and man made disasters, if disaster response exceeds
    national capacities. For the moment, we are researching the
    damage of the museums in Mynamar (Cyclone Nargis), West China
    (Sichuan earthquake) and South Ossetia (Caucasian War), and we
    are inquiring on the impact of the hurricane season in the
    Caribbean and the US as well as of the floods in Nepal and

    After a disaster we try to

        *   identify all museums situated in the affected region
        *   check, which museums are touched and what kind of damage
        *   find out, what kind of foreign assistance would be
            needed and welcome
        *   inform ICOM committees and members on the damage and

    We may help by

        *   sending an assessment team to a museum or region
        *   sharing expert knowledge
        *   drawing attention to "forgotten" disasters
        *   promoting international solidarity among museum
        *   establishing twin relations between one of our
            Committees (or a major museum) and an affected museum
        *   appealing to national and international Funds

    The ICOM DRFM initiative comprehends as well


    and is complementary to the ICOM preparedness program MEP
    (Museums Emergency Program)


    Hanna Pennock
    ICOM DRFM Task Force
    pennock<-a t->erfgoedinspectie< . >nl
    drtf<-a t->icom< . >museum

Isabelle Verger
Via di San Michele, 13
I-00153 Rome, Italy
+39 06 58 553 410
+39 06 58 553 349

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