2020 Hurricane Season Preparations Webinar Presentations

In case you missed the 2020 Hurricane Season Preparations webinar, or would like convenient references for all of the great information we learned, the presentations are available to download.

Dan Reilly, Warning Coordination Meteorologyist, National Weather Service Houston/Galveston

Jason Church, Chief of Technical Services, National Center for Preservation Technology and Training

Melody Gayeski, Leadership Volunteer, Red Cross Austin, Texas

Recording: 2020 Hurricane Season Preparations Webinar

Thank you to Dan Reilly, Jason Church, Melody D. Gayeski, Steve Pine and all of the contributors who supported the 2020 Hurricane Season Preparations Webinar for U.S. Gulf Coast Cultural Institutions that took place on August 20th. Here is the recording hosted by NCPTT’s Facebook Page:

Texas: Category 1 Hurricane Laura

Dear Texas Friends,

As you prepare for potential impacts from Hurricane Laura, please know that the Heritage Emergency National Task Force (HENTF), a public-private partnership between FEMA and the Smithsonian Institution, is also monitoring the situation and is here for you.

Please reach out to your members and constituents to encourage them to complete actions to protect life and property today. Preparedness tips for cultural institutions are uploaded to the HENTF dashboard, https://fema.connectsolutions.com/hentf/, along with key messages and graphics from the National Hurricane Center:

For the most up-to-date weather information, monitor Hurricane Laura via the National Hurricane Center: https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/#Laura

Stay safe. And stay in touch.

Lori

Lori Foley
Coordinator | Heritage Emergency National Task Force
Office of Environmental Planning & Historic Preservation
Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration
Mobile: (202) 826-6303
lori.foley@fema.dhs.gov
culturalrescue.si.edu/hentf

Federal Emergency Management Agency
fema.gov

2020 Hurricane Season Preparations Webinar for U.S. Gulf Coast Cultural Institutions

Join us for an overview of the 2020 U.S. Gulf Coast hurricane season, preparedness and response. Dan Reilly, Warning Coordination Meteorologist at National Weather Service Houston/Galveston, The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will give an update on the upcoming hurricane season and hurricane preparedness with content about the specific risks from wind, rain, flood- ing, and tornadoes that are associated with hurricanes in the U.S. Gulf Coast. Jason Church, Chief of Technical Services at the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT) will discuss preparedness for cultural institutions. Melody D. Gayeski, PMP, American Red Cross, Disaster Relief Leadership Volunteer, Central and South Texas will discuss American Red Cross Pandemic Protocols. Steve Pine, Senior Conservator of Decorative Arts, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and Texas Collections Emergency Resource Alliance, (TX-CERA) will moderate this webinar that will be hosted by NCPTT.

Thursday, August 20, 2020
10:00 AM CDT to 12:00 Noon CDT

For free registration: https://nsula.webex.com/webappng/sites/nsula/meeting/info/55f007c39f814297a5815485e97a3d76

Partners: Texas Collections Emergency Resources Alliance TX-CERA

Contributors:

Alliance for Response -South Florida https://www.culturalheritage.org/resources/emergencies/alliance-for-response/networks/south-florida

APOYOnline – Association for Heritage Preservation of the Americas www.apoyonline.org

Florida Association of Museums www.flamuseums.org

Houston Arts Alliance: https://www.houstonartsalliance.com/

LYRASIS Preservation Serviceshttps://www.lyrasis.org/services/Pages/Digital-and-Preservation-Services.aspx

National Heritage Responders https://www.culturalheritage.org/resources/emergencies/national-heritage-responders

New Orleans Preservation Coalition https://www.nolapreservationcoalition.org/

Performing Arts Readinesshttps://performingartsreadiness.org/

Texas Historical Commissionhttps://www.thc.texas.gov

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!

Houston Methodist Hospital gratefully received our donation

The Conservation Department at the MFAH (Museum of Fine Arts Houston) joined with TX-CERA to donate much needed Personal Protective Equipment to health care workers at Houston Methodist Hospital today.

Front line care givers struggling to keep themselves safe while they provide critical support for our community gratefully received a donation of

  • 280 N95 masks
  • 34 boxes of disposable gloves
  • 120 safety goggles

Credit goes to both the Board of TX-CERA and staff at the MFAH who acknowledge the importance of supporting those making a difference in times of need.

We invite other organizations that are not currently using their PPE to consider donating their inventory to the local hospitals. We are in this together.

IMG_7282

Workshop Postponed to Spring 2021

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.

Workshop Postponed: Recovery & Salvage of Fire Damaged Cultural Collections

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 tx.cera@gmail.com

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

PROGRAM:
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

**TX-CERA Gmail tx.cera@gmail.com  

** TX-CERA Facebook page  https://www.facebook.com/groups/563918443670111/

Workshop Postponed: Recovery and Salvage of Fire Damaged Cultural Collections

Registration is now open for the all-day workshop
Recovery and Salvage of Fire Damaged Cultural Collections

This is a TX-CERA (Texas Collection Emergency Response Alliance) lead event with speakers from various industries and a hands-on demonstration in the afternoon.

The workshop will be held on
Friday, April 17, 2020, 9 AM to 5 PM  – Postponed to Fall 2020 (date to be announced)
at the Evans Library Annex, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas.

With the generous support from the Foundation for Advancement in Conservation (FAIC) and its Development Grant, tickets are $45 ($35 for AIC members). Boxed lunch is provided.

If you would like further information about the workshop or a registration form, please email tx.cera@gmail.com

 

Tornado-damaged artworks

We are thinking of all the people in Dallas affected by the tornado. If you have questions and need guidance in rescuing artworks, you can call the National Emergency Responders at (202) 661-8068 or TX-CERA at (669)-237-2243.

To find a local qualified conservator, use the search function on the American Institute for Conservation (AIC) website: https://www.culturalheritage.org/membership/find-a-conservator

A few quick tips to stabilize and avoid further damage to water-damaged or impact-damaged artworks until you are able to contact a conservator.

Remember: your safety comes first! For general guidelines on how to approach an emergency:  https://txcera.org/emergency-response/

For framed artworks: if the artwork is not stuck to the glass, carefully remove from frame in a safe and dry place. If you notice that the paint is lifting off the surface or if you see minute losses, do not unframe. Place painting face up on elevated blocks to provide air circulation. If the glass protecting your watercolor is broken, pay attention not to scratch the artwork when handling it.

For photographs: if there are wet, do not allow them to dry in a pile. They will “block” and it’ll be impossible to separate them. Rinse them with clean, cool water and hang them to air dry. If too dirty to clean, put them in a container with clean water and take them to a conservator within 48 hours. Or you can interleave them with waxed paper and freeze them until you’ll have time to take them to a conservator. Do not freeze glass plate negatives.

For books: if partially wet, stand on top or bottom edge, open to 90 degree angle, and let them air dry. Photographic images need to be interleafed, otherwise they will block (dry inseparably). If you don’t have time or space to air dry all your books, start with a few and wrap in waxed paper (with interleaf as needed) and freeze the other ones. You can get them out and air dry them a few at the time.

For furniture: gently sponge surface to clean, blot, air dry slowly. If the uppermost layer dries too quickly while the inner part remains wet, the wood will warp and crack. Hold wood veneer in place with weights or clamps. Contact a conservator as soon as possible. If upholstery, remove cushions and seats and separate all the pieces; use dry towels or sheets to wrap the upholstered pieces and change the absorbent material as it becomes wet.

For ceramics: keep the pieces together in boxes. If possible, make sure the fragments don’t collide in the box; it’ll minimize the losses along the edges of the fragments.

For metals: handle with gloves, clean with soft sponge and blot dry; if object has an applied finish, do not attempt to clean. Air dry.

For textiles: fabrics become saturated with water and they are at risk of damage when handling them. Make sure the textile is supported. Do not stack wet textiles. Rinse, drain and blot textiles with clean towels to remove excess water. Shape textile to its original form. Air dry using fans.