To our community in Texas and Louisiana, we hope you are safe. If you have any questions, the TX-CERA hotline is being monitored (669)237-2243, and we have resources available online at txcera.org. Here are a couple of links to help get started:
What challenges does your museum face in an emergency situation? Water? Fire? Preparing for a disaster by developing plan that any staff member can access and work through is a great way to get ahead of the stress emergencies bring. The Smithsonian Institution has collected some great links to get you started.
Emergency supply caches are a great thing to have prepared during hurricane season, as the approach of Tropical Storm Ida reminds us. For the latest updates on the storm and how it may affect your area, keep your eyes on NOAA: https://www.noaa.gov/ida
If your institution is affected by the storm, TX-CERA is able to help provide advice for handling water damaged collections. Give us a call at (669)237-2243 or email us at email@example.com.
Does an object in your collection show signs of a fungal infestation, but can’t be removed from display? Or perhaps your conservation facility is off-site, or simply does not have the treatment space available? On page 3 of this 2010 IIC newsletter, conservators from the Islamic Arts Museum of Malaysia describe the development of the Fungus Trolley, which allows them to treat artifacts safely in the display areas.
From an emergency salvage checklist to a list of organizations to contact after a disaster, the Texas Historical Commission has a great selection of resources for Texas institutions and historical properties impacted by weather events.