The Foundation for Advancement in Conservation (FAIC) is hosting a free webinar titled Implementing the Incident Command System at the Institutional Level on March 31, 2021 at 1:00-2:00 pm Central Time (2:00-3:00 p.m. Eastern Time).
The speaker, David Carmicheal, will discuss the Incident Command System (ICS), and how to adapt ICS to cultural organizations.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. The webinar will be recorded, and the recording will be available to view shortly after the live event is complete.
When disaster strikes, it’s a good idea to have anything you might need for staff safety, cleanup, and collection recovery in a single location that any staff member can access. Necessary equipment may vary by institution, but these checklists are a great way to get started.
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:
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.
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:
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.
Developing an emergency plan for a collection is an important yet intimidating task. There are many different ways to approach it, and professional resources are available to help you. We think this reference guide created by the American Alliance for Museums is a great place to start!
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.”