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:
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.
As received from the Emergency Programs Coordinator at the American Institute for Conservation/Foundation for Advancement in Conservation:
Hurricane Isaias’ path is very uncertain and the storm may intensify, so we urge all those on the East Coast potentially impacted by the storm to take precautions and prepare now. It’s also important to consider how COVID-19 may impact your emergency plans. You can find resources on personal preparedness here: https://www.ready.gov/hurricanes
Cultural heritage institutions, the National Heritage Responders are available 24/7 for remote assistance: 202-661-8068. Please share the hotline information with colleagues in potentially impacted areas. NHR also offers tip sheets on response and recovery: https://bit.ly/2zbMLbi
In particular, take the time to review your plan now, before an emergency happens. If you don’t have a plan, please review the guidelines for personal protection and emergency planning on the Department of Homeland Security website:
For your institution and collections, start exploring tips and streamlined guidelines on
In light of the worldwide response to the COVID-19 virus and the possibility of TAMU restricting gatherings on their campus, the TX-CERA Board has made the decision to
postpone till Spring 2021 our April 17th, 2020 workshop
“Recovery and Salvage of Fire Damaged Cultural Collections.”
We regret this change in planning, but we think it’s necessary to support efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 and to ensure the health and safety of our participants, volunteers, and their communities.
Date and details will be announced.
Thank you for your understanding, and stay safe.
The workshop Recovery and Salvage of Fire Damaged Cultural Collections is to be held at Texas A&M on Friday, April 17, 2020, following the Annual Meeting of the (TAM) Texas Association of Museums.
Registration is limited to approximately 30-35 people.
The cost is $45 ($35 for AIC members). Lunch is included with the registration.
If you’d like to receive the registration form, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
WORKSHOP – Sponsored by TX_CERA / Texas Collection Emergency Response Alliance
TITLE: Recovery and Salvage of Fire Damaged Cultural Collections
DATE: Friday, April 17, 2020 – Postponed to Fall 2020 (date to be announced)
LOCATION: Texas A&M, Evans Library Annex, 400 Spence St, College Station, TX 77843
8:30 – 9:00 – Arrival
9:00 – 9:30 – Welcome and Introduction Welcome – Ian Muise – Preservation Librarian, Texas A&M University Intro to TX-CERA – Steve Pine, Senior Conservator of Decorative Arts, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
9:30 – 10:05 – Speaker — Assessing a Fire Scene from a “First Responder’s Point of View”, TBD Fire Investigator at College Station Fire Department
10:05 – 10:45 – Speaker – Assessing a Fire Scene from a “Restoration Company’s Point of View”, Kirk Lively, Director, Technical Services at BELFOR Ltd
10: 45 – 11:00 – BREAK
11:00 – 11:30 – Speaker – Assessing a Fire Scene from an “Art Conservator’s Point of View”, Olivia Primanis, Book Conservator, Austin
11:30 – 12:00 – Speaker – “PPE and How to Protect Yourself While Caring Your Collection”, Anne McGowan-Schooler, Instructional Professor, Department of Health and Kinesiology and Construction Science, College of Education and Human Development and College of Architecture, Texas A&M University
12:00 – 12:45 – Lunch – Boxed Lunch Provided
12:45 – 2:00 – Speaker – “What Do I Do Now? Tips on Triaging Your Collection”, Session lead by Melanie Sanford, Textile Conservator, Conserving Threads, Dallas
Objects -Steve Pine, Senior Conservator of Decorative Arts, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Books, Archives & Art On Paper – Olivia Primanis, Book Conservator, Austin
Media Audio & Video Tapes, Computer Tapes Floppy Disks CDS & DVDS and Data Protection- Ian Muise, Preservation Librarian, Texas A&M University
Textiles & Costumes – Melanie Sanford, Textile Conservator, Conserving Threads, Dallas
Paintings – Cristiana Ginatta, Painting Conservator, Helen A Houp Fine Art Conservation, Dallas
Photographs – Heather Brown and Amber Kehoe, Photograph Conservators, Harry Ransom Center, UT, Austin
2:00 – 2:15 Walk to Outside Cover Concourse 2:15 – 3:00 – Hands on Demonstrations – Outside
3:30- 4:00 – BREAK
4:00 – 4:30 – Speaker- “Fires Happens. Be Prepared: Basic Steps to Prepare Your Institution In The Event Of An Emergency”, Cristiana Ginatta, Painting Conservator, Helen A Houp Fine Art Conservation, Dallas
4:30 – 5:00 – Tour of the TAMU Preservation Annex Labs
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On November 4th, 1966, the Arno river flooded Florence, damaging priceless cultural heritage.
On November 4th, 2019 AIC, the American Institute for Conservation, is hosting Ask A Conservator online event where conservators around the world will answer questions from the public.
More information to follow.