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With the help of an IMLS grant, the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources and the Connecting to Collections project have developed workshops for staff training and assembled emergency supplies for immediate salvage and recovery efforts after a disaster at cultural institutions. This project includes the development of a statewide CREST team (Cultural Resources Emergency Support Team) that can deploy members across the state immediately after a disaster. CREST members arrive with special supplies for triage of artifacts and have had specialized recovery training that includes soot removal, photograph salvage, freezing techniques, and textile cleaning for temporary or long-term conservation and storage.
A part of the CREST initiative is staging workshops in cooperation with the local fire and rescue professionals in the Piedmont, Mountain, and Coastal Plains regions of North Carolina. The first disaster/burn-recovery workshop was in Buxton, NC, on the Outer Banks. A mock museum was set up and, after a controlled burn of the “museum,” area historical collection stewards received hands-on training in the actual recovery of the wet and damaged items. Members of the recovery teams consisted of employees, volunteers, boards of directors, local members, and other passionate people who would respond should a fire, flood, tornado, or other disaster occur.
On April 25, the Triangle Area Cultural Resources Emergency Network (TACREN) held free training for local cultural institutions on the Incident Command System. The Incident Command System (ICS) is an effective way to manage the response to a disaster, but it also can be used to manage any situation where lives or property might be at risk. The Incident Command System has been used across our county from major moving operations to natural disasters. It doesn’t require a large-scale disaster to implement. Many organizations will use this system in their event planning for local festivals or other public events.