Free Webinar: Introduction to Emergency Preparedness for Performing Arts Organizations

Introduction to Emergency Preparedness for Performing Arts Organizations

Date & Time: 6/29/17 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM ET

Price: Free

Registration Link: http://www.lyrasis.org/Pages/EventDetail.aspx?Eid=AEC1EE7F-CF47-E711-80D9-00155DA0E40B

Webinar Description:

Localized emergencies, regional disasters, and catastrophic events can have a devastating impact on performing arts organizations where even a brief loss of business can threaten sustainability. This free 90 minute webinar will provide an introduction to why emergency preparedness is critical to protect your organization from external risks and internal vulnerabilities. These include human caused and natural crises. You will learn the typical process and contents of a plan, and receive information about resources to help with planning.

Recommended Audience:

This webinar is appropriate for attendees representing large and small performing arts organizations as well as those with and without their own performance facilities. Executive and management staff will find this webinar useful, as well as H.R., finance, communications, marketing, technical, and front-of-house staff.

Instructor: Tom Clareson

Tom Clareson is Project Director of the PAR project, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to help performing arts organizations nationwide learn how to protect their assets, sustain operations, and be prepared for emergencies.  He also serves as Senior Consultant for Digital & Preservation Services at LYRASIS, consulting and teaching on preservation, disaster preparedness, digitization, digital preservation, special collections/archives, remote storage, funding, strategic planning, and advocacy for libraries, archives, and museums.

Instructor: Steve Eberhardt

Steve Eberhardt is the Project Coordinator of the PAR project. Steve has coordinated collaborative grant-funded projects at LYRASIS for 20 years, including a 2006-2008 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation-funded grant that assisted academic libraries in their recovery from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. His most recent project provided training, grants, and consultations to preserve photographic and audiovisual collections at Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

This session is the first in series presented by the PAR project. Other topics in this series will include Risk Assessment, Business Continuity Planning, Disaster Networks, and Venue Safety.

The PAR project is funded through a generous grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Steve Eberhardt
Project Coordinator
Performing Arts Readiness project
PAR@lyrasis.org

Now available online. The recordings from the six-part Alliance for Response webinar series can be viewed on the AIC’s YouTube Channel . Explore the recorded sessions on these important topics:

  1. Setting Up Governance Structures and Creating Mutual Aid Agreements
  2. Working with Volunteers
  3. Navigating Public Assistance After a Disaster
  4. Exercise without Leaving Your Seat: Practicing the Incident Command System at the Institutional Level
  5. Crisis Communications
  6. Best Practices for Seeking Funding

Connect using this link: https://www.youtube.com/user/aiconservation

Another TX-CERA sponsored disaster recovery training opportunity comes to Houston August 1-2 at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

 

MEDIA ALERT THE MFAH TO HOST TRAINING FOR MUSEUM, LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES PROFESSIONALS, CULTURAL LEADERS AND EMERGENCY PROFESSIONALS AUGUST 1-2, LED BY THE TEXAS CULTURAL EMERGENCY RESPONSE ALLIANCE

What: The MFAH will host an inaugural disaster response and recovery forum, led by Texas Cultural Emergency Response Alliance, on Monday, August 1 and Tuesday August 2. Library, archive, and museum professionals in Houston and the surrounding counties are invited to share expertise and resources in this unique partnership.

The 2-day workshop will focus on disaster response and recovery situations specific to the region, including hurricanes, tornadoes, and flash floods, and will show participants how to respond to such large-scale natural events to both protect and preserve the objects in their care and to connect to a larger network of national emergency management professionals. Day 1 will feature speakers from the Harris County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Belfor USA and others. Day 2 will focus on techniques and training for wet recovery salvage of heritage objects.

When: Monday and Tuesday, August 1-2, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Where: The American General Meeting Room
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Audrey Jones Beck Building, 5601 Main Street
Houston, Texas 77005

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Cost: $80.00, lunch provided. Free parking in MHAH parking lot.

Details: The MFAH is an experienced disaster management leader and advocate for protecting cultural heritage resources in the region.

The Texas Cultural Emergency Response Alliance (TX-CERA) is a statewide resource for cultural heritage and disaster management and part of the nationwide Alliance for Response program. Through a series of regional forums, it builds bridges between the cultural heritage and emergency response communities before disasters happen. Their programs lead to new partnerships, policies, and cooperative planning efforts. For more information, visit:

Contacts: Steve Pine, Museum of Fine Arts, spine@mfah.org,
Olivia Primanis, University of Texas, Austin, primanis@utexas.edu, or
Melanie Sanford, Textile Preservation Services of Texas – info@conservingthreads.com

Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2-day-disaster-preparedness-and-recovery-workshop-hosted-by-tx-cera-tickets-26365409650

 

 

 

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.

TOPICS

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

 

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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

 

For Immediate Release

June 1, 2016

For Information Contact:

Steve Pine

281-546-7059

spine@mfah.org

Texas Cultural Emergency Response Alliance (TX-CERA)

E-mail tx.cera@gmail.com<mailto:tx.cera@gmail.com>

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/563918443670111/

Website https://txcera.org/

Advice for Saving Damaged Family Treasures

Follow these steps to halt further damage

As the threat of flooding persists in Texas, residents in affected towns and cities are being urged to seek higher ground. When the flooding ends, residents will begin the long journey of recovery. With homes flooded and lives upended, treasured possessions such as family heirlooms, photos, and other keepsakes become more cherished. Unless they are contaminated by sewage or chemicals, these treasures can be saved. The Texas Cultural Emergency Response Alliance (TX-CERA) and The Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation (FAIC) offers these basic guidelines from professional conservators for individuals who discover their family treasures have been damaged:

Safety First! With any disaster there may be health risks. Wear long sleeves,sturdy shoes, and plastic or rubber gloves during cleanup. Protective gear such asgoggles and a fitted face mask is recommended if there is mold.

Prevent Mold. Mold can form within 48 hours; you will need to work fast. Thegoal is to reduce the humidity and temperature around your treasures as youproceed to clean and dry them. If you do encounter extensive mold, use protectivegear such as gloves, goggles, and an N100 face mask, available at most hardwarestores.

Air-Dry. Gentle air-drying is best for all your treasured belongings—indoors, ifpossible. Hair dryers, irons, ovens, and prolonged exposure to sunlight will doirreversible damage. Increase indoor airflow with fans, open windows, airconditioners, and dehumidifiers.

Handle with Care. Use great caution in handling your heirlooms, which can beespecially fragile when wet. Separate damp materials: remove the contents from

 

drawers; take photographs out of damp albums; remove paintings and prints from frames; place paper towels between the pages of wet books.

Clean Gently. Loosen dirt and debris on fragile objects gently with soft brushesand cloths. Avoid rubbing, which can grind in dirt.

Salvage Photos. Clean photographs by rinsing them carefully in clean water. Air-dry photos on a plastic screen or paper towel, or by hanging them by the cornerwith plastic clothespins. Don’t let the image come into contact with other surfacesas it dries.

Prioritize. You may not be able to save everything, so focus on what’s mostimportant to you, whether for historic, monetary, or sentimental reasons.

Can’t Do It All? Damp objects and items that cannot be dealt with immediatelyshould be put in open, unsealed boxes or bags. Photos, papers, books, and textilesshould be frozen if you can’t get them dry within 48 hours.

Call in a Pro. If a precious item is badly damaged, a conservator may be able tohelp. Be sure to collect broken pieces. Set your treasure aside in a well-ventilatedroom until you find professional help. If a precious item has been exposed tocontaminated water, seek a conservator’s advice on salvaging it; your health andsafety, and that of your loved ones, is of utmost importance. To locate aconservator, go to http://www.conservation-us.org/findaconservator on the website ofthe American Institute for Conservation.

A free, online video guide demonstrating how to rescue soaked photographs, books, documents, and other valued items is available from Heritage Preservation. View the video at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rXyA5Dq_jHM

Additional resources for salvaging flood-damaged materials can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yq-lUdpnIuI

These recommendations are intended as guidance only. TX-CERA and FAIC assume no responsibility or liability for treatment of damaged objects.

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About TX-CERA

Texas Cultural Emergency Response Alliance (TX-CERA) is an affiliation of institutions and persons interested in preserving the cultural heritage of Texas. Through education and advocacy TX-CERA hopes to serve as a resource for cultural institutions in order to mitigate loss of cultural and heritage collections due to disaster. The organization will develop a roster of heritage and collections professionals in the state to create a network of ready support in the event of an emergency or disaster.

About FAIC

FAIC, the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic & Artistic Works, supports conservation education, research, and outreach activities that increase understanding of our global cultural heritage.

About AIC

The American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works is a national membership organization supporting the professionals who preserve our cultural heritage. AIC plays a crucial role in establishing and upholding professional standards, promoting research and publications, providing educational opportunities, and fostering the exchange of knowledge among conservators, allied professionals, and the public. Learn more about AIC at http://www.conservation-us.org.

Assistance and resources for those with damage from recent flooding in Texas.

For Immediate Release

May 26, 2015

For Information Contact:

Lori Foley

(781) 259-8652

lfoley@conservation-us.org

Advice for Saving Damaged Family Treasures

Follow these steps to halt further damage

As the threat of flooding persists in Texas, residents in affected towns and cities are being urged to seek higher ground. When the flooding ends, residents will begin the long journey of recovery. With homes flooded and lives upended, treasured possessions such as family heirlooms, photos, and other keepsakes become more cherished. Unless they are contaminated by sewage or chemicals, these treasures can be saved. The Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation (FAIC) offers these basic guidelines from professional conservators for individuals who discover their family treasures have been damaged:

Safety First! With any disaster there may be health risks. Wear long sleeves, sturdy shoes, and plastic or rubber gloves during cleanup. Protective gear such as goggles and a fitted face mask is recommended if there is mold.

Prevent Mold. Mold can form within 48 hours; you will need to work fast. The goal is to reduce the humidity and temperature around your treasures as you proceed to clean and dry them. If you do encounter extensive mold, use protective gear such as gloves, goggles, and an N100 face mask, available at most hardware stores.

Air-Dry. Gentle air-drying is best for all your treasured belongings—indoors, if possible. Hair dryers, irons, ovens, and prolonged exposure to sunlight will do irreversible damage. Increase indoor airflow with fans, open windows, air conditioners, and dehumidifiers.

Handle with Care. Use great caution in handling your heirlooms, which can be especially fragile when wet. Separate damp materials: remove the contents from drawers; take photographs out of damp albums; remove paintings and prints from frames; place paper towels between the pages of wet books.

Clean Gently. Loosen dirt and debris on fragile objects gently with soft brushes and cloths. Avoid rubbing, which can grind in dirt.

Salvage Photos. Clean photographs by rinsing them carefully in clean water. Air-dry photos on a plastic screen or paper towel, or by hanging them by the corner with plastic clothespins. Don’t let the image come into contact with other surfaces as it dries.

Prioritize. You may not be able to save everything, so focus on what’s most important to you, whether for historic, monetary, or sentimental reasons.

Can’t Do It All? Damp objects and items that cannot be dealt with immediately should be put in open, unsealed boxes or bags. Photos, papers, books, and textiles should be frozen if you can’t get them dry within 48 hours.

Call in a Pro. If a precious item is badly damaged, a conservator may be able to help. Be sure to collect broken pieces. Set your treasure aside in a well-ventilated room until you find professional help. If a precious item has been exposed to contaminated water, seek a conservator’s advice on salvaging it; your health and safety, and that of your loved ones, is of utmost importance. To locate a conservator, go to http://www.conservation-us.org/findaconservator on the website of the American Institute for Conservation.

A free, online video guide demonstrating how to rescue soaked photographs, books, documents, and other valued items is available from Heritage Preservation. This 10-minute streaming video provides professional advice that benefits families as well as museum and library staff. View and link to the video at:

http://www.heritagepreservation.org/PROGRAMS/WaterSegmentFG.HTM

Additional resources for salvaging flood-damaged materials can be found here: http://www.heritagepreservation.org/PROGRAMS/flood.html

These recommendations are intended as guidance only. FAIC assumes no responsibility or liability for treatment of damaged objects.

_________________________

About FAIC

FAIC, the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic & Artistic Works, supports conservation education, research, and outreach activities that increase understanding of our global cultural heritage.

About AIC

The American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works is a national membership organization supporting the professionals who preserve our cultural heritage. AIC plays a crucial role in establishing and upholding professional standards, promoting research and publications, providing educational opportunities, and fostering the exchange of knowledge among conservators, allied professionals, and the public. Learn more about AIC at http://www.conservation-us.org.

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Who and What is TX-CERA?

Texas Cultural Emergency Response

Mission statement:

The Texas Cultural Emergency Response Alliance (TX-CERA) is an affiliation of institutions and persons interested in preserving the cultural heritage of Texas. Through education and advocacy TX-CERA hopes to serve as a resource for cultural institutions in order to mitigate loss of cultural and heritage collections due to disaster. The organization will develop a roster of heritage and collections professionals in the state to create a network of ready support in the event of an emergency or disaster.

History:

TX-CERA is a revival of the State of Texas Alliance for Response Team (START), which has joined with with the Galveston – Houston Area Alliance for Response in an effort to organize an effective statewide organization. TX-CERA is part of the Heritage Preservation Heritage Emergency National Task Force that states, “Since 2003, Heritage Preservation has been promoting these connections through its innovative national program, Alliance for Response. The initiative begins with a one-day Forum for cultural leaders and emergency professionals and leads to new partnerships and local projects. Alliance for Response Forums foster cooperation among cultural and historic preservation organizations, improve local planning efforts, and enhance the protection of heritage resources.”

Who we are:

 

  • Art Conservators
  • Archivists
  • Librarians
  • Curators
  • Collection Managers
  • Preservation Specialists
  • Safety and Security Staff
  • First Responders/Emergency Management personnel

Our tasks:

  •  To train a team of first responders knowledgeable about the needs of special collections. Team members will be volunteers capable of working within an Incident Command System structure, with local OEM’s in order to reduce loss of cultural material threatened by disaster.
  • Part of this effort includes developing a Directory of TX-CERA members and expanding and updating the Directory of Conservators for Emergency Planning and Response hosted by the Ransom Center at http://www.hrc.utexas.edu/conservation/resources/emergency/
  • To represent the interests of the cultural community in state and local Emergency Management planning, resource allocation and response.
  • To increase awareness of the need for disaster planning and support for public collections compliant with NFPA 909: Code for the Protection of Cultural Resource Properties – Museum, Libraries and Places of Worship.*

 

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NFPA 909: Code for the Protection of Cultural Resource Properties – Museums, Libraries, and Places of Worship describes principles and practices of protection for cultural resource properties (museums, libraries, and places of worship) and their contents and collections from conditions or physical situations with the potential to cause damage or loss through a comprehensive protection program. Areas addressed include fire prevention; fire protection management; security; emergency preparedness; and inspection, testing, and maintenance of protection systems.

This important Code also covers ongoing operations and rehabilitation and acknowledges the need to preserve culturally significant and character-defining building features and sensitive, often irreplaceable, collections as well as to provide continuity of operations.

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