From an emergency salvage checklist to a list of organizations to contact after a disaster, the Texas Historical Commission has a great selection of resources for Texas institutions and historical properties impacted by weather events.
This two-part presentation by the Montana Historical Society provides practical and useful information on topics of emergency planning, working with emergency responders, and means of avoiding and mitigating loss of collection materials to disaster:
This comprehensive video series presented by the National Park Service and the Northeast Museum Services Center covers development and implementation of an effective disaster plan. It also provides information about disaster response and recovery and demonstrates useful post-fire salvage techniques.
In an emergency, it may not be possible for all staff to access the complete version of an emergency preparedness plan. That is where the Pocket Response Plan (PReP) comes in.
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.
Protecting Our Cultural Icons From Fire:
Lessons learned from Notre-Dame and beyond
AIANY Historic Buildings Committee and World Monuments Fund (WMF)
Featuring Bénédicte de Montlaur, CEO, World Monuments Fund and Chris Marrion, Founder, Marrion Fire & Risk Consulting
Monday, April 13, 2020, noon – 2 PM
$10 General Public
To register: AIA Protecting Our Cultural Icons (External Website)
This event is a live webinar. Registrants will be emailed a link to access the program.
About the program:
Fires continue to adversely impact our cultural heritage. This includes our historic, sacred structures like Notre Dame in Paris and St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church in New York, as well as invaluable collections like those in Brazil’s National Museum. Other cultural heritage sites and structures, such as historic ships (Cutty Sark), bridges (Kapellbrücke Bridge, Switzerland), national monuments (Namdaemun Gate, South Korea), and tombs (Kasubi Tombs, Uganda) ahave also experienced significant fires. Whether a World Heritage Site or an important monument within our local community, they each represent significant losses when damaged or destroyed by fire. Through detailed research into these past fires, a significant amount can be learned to better protect our shared cultural heritage. This includes understanding why fires start, how and why they progress, what can fail, and what works limiting fire-related damage. Several common themes emerge in this research, showing fire risks to historic sites and structures can be mitigated through undertaking a hazard/risk-based approach to develop tailored, risk-informed, long-term sustainable prevention, mitigation, response, and recovery strategies that result in multiple benefits to important heritage sites and the people who care for them, use them, and protect them. Whether using conch shells as fire alarms or wool blankets to smother fires, alternatives exist that can take advantage of local resources. When protecting cultural heritage sites and structures in the middle of New York City or in some of the remotest areas in the world, with limited resources and no fire brigades, we can make more informed decisions to better protect our heritage.
Speaker: Chris Marrion, Founder, Marrion Fire & Risk Consulting
Chris is the founder of Marrion Fire & Risk Consulting, a special expert for NFPA, a Board Member of the National Fire Heritage Center, and an SFPE Fellow. Marrion specializes in protecting our cultural heritage from fire and disasters. His work focuses on providing risk-informed, cost-effective prevention/mitigation, emergency response and recovery strategies to protect our heritage. For over 30 years he has worked with numerous NGOs, Government entities, private and public clients including UNESCO, UNISDR, ICCROM, et al., to help create awareness, build capacity, develop codes and provide practical guidance in this regard.
Introduction by: Bénédicte de Montlaur, CEO, World Monuments Fund
Bénédicte is CEO of World Monuments Fund (WMF), the world’s foremost private organization dedicated to saving extraordinary places while empowering the communities around them. She is responsible for defining WMF’s strategic vision, currently implementing that vision in more than 30 countries around the world, and leading a team that spans the globe. Her background mixes culture and the arts, politics, international diplomacy, and human rights. Prior to joining WMF, de Montlaur spent two decades working across three continents as a senior diplomat at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and most recently served as Cultural Counselor of the French Embassy in the United States.
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 email@example.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
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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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 email@example.com