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.
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:
We want to give a big round of applause to the members of TX-CERA and the Texas Heritage Responders who ventured out when snow was still on the ground in February to help institutions that were affected by Uri. News coverage of one of the locations we visited can be viewed below.
As dangerous winter weather continues to plague Texas, the American Red Cross urges everyone to stay safe and stay at home if possible, and offers these steps to follow:
When you are able to return to work, you may be confronted with a variety of collection emergencies. To prepare, we suggest studying the National Heritage Responders’ Tip Sheets before you return. These documents offer practical guidance on how to respond and recover to collection emergencies:
TX-CERA is currently seeking two (2) members-at-large to complete our board for the 2020-2021 fiscal year. If you are a conservation or museum professional who is interested in organizing and promoting emergency preparedness in Texas, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to hearing from you!
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
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 Services: https://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 Readiness: https://performingartsreadiness.org/
Texas Historical Commission: https://www.thc.texas.gov
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:
For your institution and collections, start exploring tips and streamlined guidelines on
We 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.”
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.