2021 Hurricane Preparations Webinar

Join TX-CERA, the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT), and the Houston Arts Alliance (HAA) for our Hurricane preparations webinar next Thursday, May 6, at 2 pm CST. Presenters and registration information can be found here: https://www.nps.gov/articles/000/2021-hurricane-season-preparations-for-u-s-gulf-coast-cultural-institutions.htm?fbclid=IwAR1u99Ygy21fS0hO1NmJNoTnU-JPK-hJJmmjayMJh9poeabJyfN8La3a9Po

The Accidental IPM Program

Many disasters we face – from hurricanes to fires – are largely out of our control, but in most cases, steps can be taken to lessen the impact to our collections. One important step to take is to include Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in your daily operations and emergency planning so you are not caught unaware.

Pest Infestations: Identification

Dealing with a pest infestation starts with identification: once you know what you’re dealing with, you can tailor your plan to remove the pest with the least damage to your collection. The Integrated Pest Management Working Group has created an excellent library of fact sheets to help with this important step:

Disaster Planning: Supplies and Equipment

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.

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.

Preparedness for Hurricane Isaias

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:

Make A Plan (DHS website)

For your institution and collections, start exploring tips and streamlined guidelines on

AIC/FAIC Risk Evaluation and Planning Program

Stay safe!

Tips on Care of Personal Collections

Slide1We receive and share useful tips on care of personal collections from the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation:

“While those of us in the conservation department are working from home, we are finding comfort in our family heirlooms and treasures—many of which require our attention. Like so many around the country, we are finally taking the time to clean out our closets, sort through our attics, and look through our family albums. While we all turn to our family treasures for comfort during these trying times, the conservation department would like to share tips on ways to care for your personal collections. Each week a different student from the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation will address ways to care for the collections in your cupboards. This series will continue throughout the summer and cover a variety of items and materials; published posts are listed below.”

Attics and Basements and Closets, Oh My! Caring for Family Treasures

Attics and Basements and Closets, Oh My! Part 2: Family Albums

Attics and Basements and Closets, Oh My! Part 3: Works on Paper

Attics and Basements and Closets, Oh My! Part 4: Library Collections

Attics and Basements and Closets, Oh My! Part 5: Pests and Preventive Conservation

Attics and Basements and Closets, Oh My! Part 6: Water Emergencies and Salvage

Attics and Basements and Closets, Oh My! Part 7: Rugs and Carpets

Attics and Basements and Closets, Oh My! Part 8: Upholstery

Attics and Basements and Closets, Oh My! Part 9: Small Needleworks

www.artcons.udel.edu/outreach/public-outreach