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:
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.
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:
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.
Developing an emergency plan for a collection is an important yet intimidating task. There are many different ways to approach it, and professional resources are available to help you. We think this reference guide created by the American Alliance for Museums is a great place to start!
The National Heritage Responders will be hosting a free webinar on January 12th, 2021 at 1 pm Eastern time titled “Using Linked Open Data to Map Cultural Heritage Organizations in Georgia for Disaster Response.”
Register here: zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ORu_T1csSDSF8ZrNK0cL5A
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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
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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 email@example.com. We look forward to hearing from you!
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