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Best Rates Now! Early Bird Deadline is August 9

WS1 Disaster Preparedness and Response

Two-Day Workshop

Friday, October 11, 7:30 - 4:00    
Saturday, October 12, 8:00 - 4:00

Ellis Island After Sandy Credit: NY Daily NewsThis workshop is co-sponsored by the Alliance for Response NYC.

Through lecture, hands-on tabletop exercises and a field session, this two-day workshop will explore emergency preparedness, disaster response and recovery for our heritage sites & the significant cultural resources housed within. 

Day One will examine the importance of disaster planning and risk assessment, understanding the mitigation and response process, conflict resolution of multiple agencies and organizations, restoration and conservation do’s and don’ts, the opportunity to develop common practices and procedures, and lessons learned from recent flood, fire and earthquake disasters including Katrina, Sandy and L’Aquila. 

Day Two at Ellis Island—devastated by Hurricane Sandy—will serve as a laboratory for exploration and on-site discussions on the vulnerabilities of our cultural resources. Participants will also learn how Ellis Island/NPS handled the emergency, their damage assessment and mitigation management, how they are monitoring and managing the buildings without essential infrastructure, the process for prioritizing work toward recovery, and the plans underway for conservation and restoration. 

Learning Objectives:

1. Distinguish stages of disaster management including preparedness, response, mitigation & recovery.
2. Implement risk assessment of historic sites and collections.
3. Develop an emergency management plan to improve preparedness & minimize loss.
4. Recognize critical first response steps & logistical considerations for salvage and recovery.
5. Identify public and private resources available for response and recovery and the appropriate role of each agency, organization, and professional in the process.
6. Understand appropriate process and treatment for conservation and restoration.

Fee: $575
Skill Level
: Intermediate
Fee Includes: Breakfast, lunch, handouts, materials, transportation
Locations: The Custom House and Ellis Island
Transportation: Subway and Boat
Dress Code: Casual (jeans) with good walking shoes and rain gear
Recommended Equipment: Camera
Maximum Attendance: 30
Handicapped Accessibility: Contact APT for details
Continuing Education Credits: 13

Coordinators/Lead Speakers:

  • Marie Ennis is a partner at Old Structures Engineering, PC, a structural engineering consulting firm for historic and old buildings, and has 28 years experience in the investigation, analysis, repair, and restoration of historic buildings and monuments. Ms. Ennis holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of New Hampshire, and a Master of Science in Historic Preservation from Columbia University GSAPP.  She manages multiple projects at her office, including recently the emergency stabilization and permanent repair of three buildings in the South Street Seaport historic district that were severely damaged by hurricane Sandy. She has spoken at professional conferences such as the Association for Preservation Technology, the National Association of Building Inspection Engineers, and the Construction History Society. She recently gave a presentation to the NYC Historic Districts Council on temporary stabilization via shoring of historic buildings. Ms. Ennis has lectured at Columbia University, Marymount University, and Manhattan College. She is currently collaborating to develop a Preservation Engineering certificate program within the Master of Science in Civil Engineering at Manhattan College.
  • Rebecca Fifield is Collections Manager for the Department of the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Ms. Fifield received an M.A. in Museum Studies with a focus on collection care administration and American material culture from The George Washington University in 1999. She is a former Chair of Alliance for Response NYC and is Vice Chair of the American Institute for Conservation’s Collection Care Network. Alliance for Response is a national program to familiarize cultural institutions, first responders, and emergency management agencies prior to disasters. They strengthen mitigation and response capabilities of cultural organizations and local communities through training exercises, development of local planning efforts, and encouraging partnerships.  A joint project of Heritage Preservation and the Heritage Emergency National Task Force (of which FEMA is a member), Alliance for Response chapters are located in over 15 cities and states. Alliance for Response NYC (AFR NYC) formed in 2004, has 500 individual members from over 150 NYC institutions, and offers no-cost educational preparedness programming to the NYC cultural community. AFR NYC serves as a communication link between the Office of Emergency Management and NYC cultural institutions and provided response and recovery information to local institutions during Hurricane Sandy.   The Alliance for Response draws from the expertise of numerous NYC cultural institutions, government agencies, and related industries (insurance, salvage contracting).


  • Jill H Gotthelf, AIA, FAPT, Principal at Walter Sedovic Architects, sets a prodigious standard for the open exchange of ideas among peers, clients & constituents, resulting in projects, workshops, presentations & publications that embody the essence of sustainable preservation. Ms Gotthelf embraces a holistic view of sustainability, pushing beyond the limits of the traditional definition to establish a balance between economics, environment, social and cultural equity, authenticity, and education.  Under her distinctive leadership as Chair of APTIʼs Technical Committee on Sustainable Preservation, APTI has become pivotal in collecting & disseminating cutting edge philosophy, technology & tools for sustainable preservation. Ms Gotthelf has lectured and published widely on the subject of preservation and sustainability.


  • Donald Friedman is president of Old Structures Engineering, PC. A professional engineer with over 25 years experience in the investigation, analysis, and restoration of landmark buildings, Mr. Friedman holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, an M.A. in Historical Studies from the New School for Social Research, is a licensed engineer and is certified in the practice of structural engineering by the Structural Engineering Certification Board.  Mr. Friedman’s design experience includes the integration of modern construction into existing buildings with archaic and obsolete structural systems; repair and restoration of steel, masonry, iron, wood, and concrete structures; and the investigation of historic buildings to determine structural type and condition.  In addition to Mr. Friedman’s project work, he has taught engineering of historic buildings in the Building Conservation Program at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; he has spoken at numerous conferences on such topics as the structural analysis of masonry facades, providing new structural support for terra-cotta facades, and the failure of obsolete structural forms; he is the author of After 9-11: An Engineer’s Work at the World Trade Center, Historical Building Construction and The Investigation of Buildings, and the co-author of Building the Empire State and The Design of Renovations.
  • Robert Waller is currently President and Senior Risk Analyst at Protect Heritage Corp.  He helps organizations to better preserve their cultural property.  Previously Chief, Conservation at the Canadian Museum of Nature (1975-2008), Mr. Waller holds a PhD in Conservation from Göteborg University Institute of Conservation and Professional Accreditation with the Canadian Association of Professional Conservators. Research interests have included: the preservation of mineral specimens, especially the effects of relative humidity, temperature and pollutants on minerals; the condition and stability of fluid-preserved collections; the effect of relative humidity on rates of deterioration of materials in general; cultural property risk assessment, analysis and management, and holistic approaches to collection management and preservation. Author of more than 25 scientific and technical papers, chapters, or books on conservation, Robert Waller has taught, lectured, and served as a consultant at dozens of museums, universities, and organizations throughout North and South America, Europe and Asia. He is a fellow of the International Institute for Conservation and is a Past-Chairman of the Canadian Association of Professional Conservators.

  • Luca Nassi is Principal of the Italian National Fire Brigade, where he has served since 1988.  His office has jurisdiction of building fire safety and provides urgent technical rescue throughout Italy and abroad.  Mr. Nassi’s technical expertise has led him to coordinate and manage many regional emergency response teams related to flood and wild land fires and was instrumental in the National Emergency response to the L’Aquilla earthquake in 2009, Emilia earthquake in 2012 and Costa Concordia shipwreck.  Working mainly in Florence and Siena he had the opportunity to share his expertise on heritage building fire safety and develop a deeper understanding of the specific issues related to disaster and our cultural heritage.  In 2002 Mr. Nassi was nominate as a national member in the EU COST (Cooperation in the field of Scientific and Technical Research) where he served until 2006.  While participating in this international technical conservation and research group he assisted in drafting Action C17– Fire Loss to Historic Buildings, published by Historic Scotland.  In 2006 he was nominated to the NFPA 909 Code for Cultural Resources and in 2012 as Principal Member of the Technical Committee for NFPA 914 Code for Fire Protection of Historic Structures.  Mr. Nassi was instrumental in the realization and publication of the Italian Code on Fire Safety Performance Based Approach.  Mr. Nassi has published Sicurezza antincendio per I Beni Culturali , UTET, November 2008, a book on heritage fire safety, L’ingegneria della Sicurezza Antincendio ed il Processo Prestazionale EPC, February 2012, Fire Safety Engineering and Performance Based Approach.  He has authored many articles, presented in both National and International workshops and conferences and is active in fire safety education, formation and training.  Luca Nassi holds a PhD in Structural Engineering and in Fire Safety Engineering and a Master’s in Industrial High Risk Installations.

  • Michael Devonshire is currently the Director of Conservation at Jan Hird Pokorny Associates, Inc., where he has worked as an architectural conservator since 1987.  He has written numerous papers and publications about restoration technology and strategy, and is a member of the New York State Board for Historic Preservation and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.  Mr. Devonshire was appointed as Commissioner of the New York City Landmark Preservation Commission in 2010.  He previously served on the boards of the US National Committee on the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), the Metropolitan Chapter of the Victorian Society in America and the Snug Harbor Cultural Center.  He is an adjunct professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture and Planning and Historic Preservation, and at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.  Mr. Devonshire received training in architecture, sculpture and historic preservation at Roger Williams University, the Rhode Island School of Design and the Aegean School of Art in Greece.  His first restoration project in New York City was at the Schermerhorn Row at the South Street Seaport.  More recent restoration projects include the Morris-Jumel Mansion in Washington Heights, the Church of the Incarnation in Manhattan and the North China Daily News Building in Shanghai.  Mr. Devonshire served as a pro bono preservation consultant in New Orleans following Katrina and most recently at the South Street Seaport following Hurricane Sandy preparing condition assessments of buildings and recommendations for remedial work.


For the first time in history, the population of cities exceeds that of the surrounding suburbs and countryside. New York City, after decades of population decline, has recently exceeded its peak 1970s population and continues to grow. Such growth, mirrored in older and newer cities globally, is countered by cities with shrinking populations in the United States and abroad. Both expanding and shrinking cities present new challenges that require preservationists to think broadly and collaboratively, themes that will be highlighted at APT NYC 2013.