Intro to Emergency Response & Recovery of Material Cultural Objects – TX-CERA Workshop

Posted on: July 14th, 2016 by Jessica Unger | Texas

An Introduction to Emergency Response and Recovery of Material Cultural Objects

Mon, Jun 13, 2016 at 9:00 AM – Denton, Texas

The purpose of this one-day workshop was to introduce participants to emergency response and recovery for material cultural objects in private and museum collections. Participants learned protocols for responding to disaster scenes and working with local emergency responders. Health and safety issues associated with disasters and collection techniques associated with various types of material collections were also covered. The day ended with a museum mock-disaster table-top exercise and a question/answer session with the instructors.


  • Building a Response Team
  • Entry into a Disaster Scene
  • Health and Safety Issues Associated with Disasters
  • Collections-Specific Salvage Techniques
  • Resources, connections and networking
  • Table top exercise

Instructors: Steve Pine, Jessica Philips and Melanie Sanford