Wet Recovery of Paper and Books

Water damage may result from local flooding, broken pipes, roof leaks, or other water intrusion events and can have a devastating impact on cultural heritage collections. In this video, Karen Pavelka from the UT Austin School of Information demonstrates techniques for recovering wet paper and books. The methods shown can be applied at museums, libraries, or by individuals at home.

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

April 24 – 26, 2021: Emergency Preparation Supplies Tax Holiday

This weekend, certain emergency preparation supplies qualify for tax exemption if purchased for a sales price – including portable generators, emergency ladders, first aid kits, tarps, and more! The full list can be viewed on the Texas Comptroller’s website: https://comptroller.texas.gov/taxes/publications/98-1017.php/

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.

FEMA Case Study Library

Although not specifically geared toward cultural institutions, FEMA’s Case Study Library is an excellent resource for preparedness and mitigation in emergency situations, and even contains COVID best practices studies. You can browse their collection, or filter by keyword, location, or incident or report type.

https://www.fema.gov/emergency-managers/practitioners/case-study-library

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.