TX-CERA / Texas Collections Emergency Response Alliance

A successful TX-CERA sponsored Disaster Recovery Workshop was recently held in Denton at the University of North Texas Library, June 13, 2016. Thirty-four attendees from libraries, museums and the private sector took part.

An Introduction to Emergency Response and Recovery of Material Cultural Objects

A Texas Cultural Emergency Response Alliance (TX-CERA) Sponsored Workshop

June 13, 2016

The purpose of this one-day workshop is to introduce participants to emergency response and recovery for material cultural objects in private and museum collections. Participants will learn protocols for responding to disaster scenes and working with local emergency responders. Health and safety issues associated with disasters and collection techniques associated with various types of material collections will also be covered. The day will end with a museum mock-disaster table-top exercise and a question/answer session with the instructors.


Building a Response Team

Entry into a Disaster Scene

Health and Safety Issues Associated with Disasters

Collections-Specific Salvage Techniques

Resources, connections and networking

Table top exercise

Instructors: Steve Pine, Jessica Philips and Melanie Sanford

Arrival at 8:30 am / Coffee to be served

Box Lunch included in registration fee




On-campus parking not included

For further information please contact:

Steve Pine, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Conservator – spine@mfah.org

Jessica Phillips, University of North Texas, Special Collections, Head Preservation – Jessica.Phillips@unt.edu

Melanie Sanford, Textile Preservation Services, Conservator – info@conservingthreads.com