Case Study: Whitney Museum of American Art

When Superstorm Sandy hit the east coast in 2012, the Whitney Museum of American Art, adjacent to the Hudson River, and under construction at the time, had its original flood mitigation plans put to the test. Unprecedented amounts of water led the team to rethink the permanent and temporary measures to prevent water damage to the collection.

Full article:

https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10168664.2018.1549927

Highlights:

https://www.aam-us.org/2020/12/11/facing-the-rising-tide-how-the-whitney-museum-of-american-art-addresses-resiliency-and-storm-preparedness-through-design/

and

https://www.cooperrobertson.com/ideas/flood_mitigation/article/white_paper_flood_mitigation_in_museum_design

Reviewing Your Emergency Plan: A Case Study by the National Trust

Like any large-scale undertaking, once you have been in a situation where you had to use your emergency plan, you should take the time to review how it worked. What worked well? What didn’t? Did this situation open up opportunities you didn’t expect? How were costs distributed? This case study by the National Trust on burst pipes in 2011 does a great job in reviewing their situation.

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.

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:

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

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