Water Problems

Water is the most common problem cultural institutions face in an emergency situation – whether due to hurricane activity, fire, or, as Texas experienced last week, pipes burst due to freezing conditions. This video by AIC & FAIC provides an excellent starting point to addressing flooded buildings and waterlogged collections:

Disaster Recovery Support Survey

With freezing temperatures and widespread power outages last week across all 254 counties in Texas, museums across the state have sustained damage to their sites and/or collections. Federal funding may be available to support recovery efforts.

Please take a few minutes to complete this survey, which will help the Texas Historical Commission Museum Services Program and our state and federal partners assess both the impact and the support needed for recovery. This survey will be open through Friday, February 26.

Prioritize Safety

As dangerous winter weather continues to plague Texas, the American Red Cross urges everyone to stay safe and stay at home if possible, and offers these steps to follow:

https://www.redcross.org/about-us/news-and-events/news/2021/winter-weather-can-be-dangerous-how-to-stay-safe.html

When you are able to return to work, you may be confronted with a variety of collection emergencies. To prepare, we suggest studying the National Heritage Responders’ Tip Sheets before you return. These documents offer practical guidance on how to respond and recover to collection emergencies:

https://www.culturalheritage.org/resources/emergencies/national-heritage-responders/tip-sheets

Writing a Disaster Plan – 5 Part Video Series

For a more in-depth and practical look at writing a disaster plan, we suggest the educational video series called “Writing a Disaster Plan” created by the Collections Care Network of the American Institute for Conservation (AIC) in 2015. This is the first video in the series that can be found on AIC’s YouTube Channel.

Free Webinar by FAIC’s National Heritage Responders

The National Heritage Responders will be hosting a free webinar on January 12th, 2021 at 1 pm Eastern time titled “Using Linked Open Data to Map Cultural Heritage Organizations in Georgia for Disaster Response.”

Register here: zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ORu_T1csSDSF8ZrNK0cL5A

For more information, please contact learning@culturalheritage.org.

Free FAIC “Health and Safety in Disasters” Webinar – December 9th

The Foundation for Advancement in Conservation (FAIC) is hosting a free webinar titled: “Health and Safety in Disasters,” on December 9, 2020 at 2:00-3:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The speaker, Dana Stahl, the Safety and Health Manager for the Seattle Public Library, is a Certified Industrial Hygienist with more than 20 years experience managing health and safety programs in private industry and the public sector.

Find the full description and registration information here: https://learning.culturalheritage.org/products/health-and-safety-in-disasters

The webinar will take place on Zoom and automated live captions will be available for those who choose to use them. For inquiries about accessibility or other questions about the program, please contact learning@culturalheritage.org. The webinar will be recorded and the recording will be available to view shortly after the live event is complete.