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
It’s easy to feel overwhelmed when you’re re-entering your home or institution after a disaster. This short overview video from the Galveston Historical Foundation explains how to prioritize salvage of items from a water-related disaster (flood, hurricane, burst pipe, etc.) based on the type of material:
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/
You’ve identified a pest infestation – what now? The Integrated Pest Management Working Group has created a library of accepted treatments, from isolating objects to freezing and low oxygen environments.
Join NCPTT and TX-CERA on May 6 at 2 PM for a free webinar to review the 2021 U.S. Gulf Coast hurricane season, preparations, and response for cultural institutions.
For more information, visit the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/450991009529521/
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.
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.
The REALM (Reopening Archives, Libraries, and Museums) Project began last summer in an effort to monitor COVID-19 as it relates to archives, libraries, and museums – our collections, staff, and visitors. It has become an invaluable resource, both through original research in finding how long the virus can survive on all manner of objects, as well as acting as a hub that collects and distributes case studies to help institutions re-open as safely as possible. Their January 29th webinar is available to view for free and discusses their findings and experiences over the last year:
To learn more about the REALM Project, and view their resource catalogue, visit their website:
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:
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.