Free FAIC Webinar – March 31, 2021

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. 

You can register here: https://learning.culturalheritage.org/products/implementing-the-incident-command-system-at-the-institutional-level 

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 learning@culturalheritage.org. The webinar will be recorded, and the recording will be available to view shortly after the live event is complete.

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.

Water Problems

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:

Disaster Recovery Support Survey

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.

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.

Free FAIC “Health and Safety in Disasters” Webinar – December 9th

The Foundation for Advancement in Conservation (FAIC) is hosting a free webinar titled: “Health and Safety in Disasters,” on December 9, 2020 at 2:00-3:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The speaker, Dana Stahl, the Safety and Health Manager for the Seattle Public Library, is a Certified Industrial Hygienist with more than 20 years experience managing health and safety programs in private industry and the public sector.

Find the full description and registration information here: https://learning.culturalheritage.org/products/health-and-safety-in-disasters

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 learning@culturalheritage.org. The webinar will be recorded and the recording will be available to view shortly after the live event is complete.

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: