Posts Tagged ‘AIC-CERT’

HERA Atlanta’s MayDay 2015 Program

Posted on: May 21st, 2015 by Jessica Unger | AFR, Atlanta, GA

In honor of MayDay, HERA (Heritage Emergency Response Alliance) in Atlanta put together an excellent program on planning and wet salvage. After hearing a talk from AIC-CERT responder Ann Frellsen, participants split into groups of five for a wet salvage exercise. The activity tested participants on their ability to implement the Incident Command System, as well as their skills in putting their resources to best use. Read more about the excellent program on HERA’s website.

HERA Marks MayDay with a Salvage Workshop

Posted on: April 8th, 2015 by Jessica Unger | Atlanta, GA

Every year, libraries, museums, archives, historical societies, and preservation organizations set aside May 1 to participate in MayDay. Next month, the AFR Atlanta network, HERA (Heritage Emergency Response Alliance), will mark MayDay with an all-day wet salvage recovery workshop at the Georgia Archives. This hands-on workshop, taught by collections conservator and AIC-CERT member Ann Frellsen, will give participants experience in dealing with the aftermath of water damage and the recovery of waterlogged materials. Visit HERA’s website for more information.


Beginning this year, the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (FAIC), is leading the charge to get organizations to do one thing for emergency preparedness. In the works are disaster preparedness tips and a free May 1 Connecting to Collections Care webinar, “What Next? Emergency Response and Recovery for Small and Mid-sized Institutions.”


Visit the new home of the MayDay initiative for more information. Join the MayDay Movement!

Galveston-Houston AFR Second Forum

Posted on: October 30th, 2013 by Jessica Unger | AFR, Texas

On July 26, the Galveston-Houston Alliance for Response held its second forum, which focused on the cultural community’s response to Hurricane Sandy. Some 300 library, archives, and museum professionals based in 10 counties in the Houston and Galveston areas were invited to share expertise and resources at this disaster preparedness event. The conference reviewed the details of Hurricane Sandy’s impact on the New York City arts community and its implications for a response to a future storm along the Gulf Coast.

On September 11, the AFR Houston group teamed with the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation (FAIC) to host a workshop on Emergency Planning and Mitigation Strategies for Historic Sites. The workshop enabled small institutions to gain valuable knowledge of disaster preparedness and response and to establish a relationship with a regional AIC-CERT team member before an incident occurs.

AFR Houston has also created a new steering committee called START and is working to step up its network. Six new members have been added to the steering committee, which will be responsible for organizing training programs, seeking program funds, connecting with local and state offices of emergency management, and supporting the growth of START. The committee will also work to create and train a volunteer response group that can assist AFR members in response and recovery as well as improve the readiness of their own institutions. It will operate under the umbrella of AFR and will collaborate with AIC-CERT when necessary. It will be called the Texas Collections Emergency Response Team (TX-CERT).

VCHART Responds to Tropical Storm Irene in 2011

Posted on: October 10th, 2011 by Jessica Unger | Montpelier, VT

Following Tropical Storm Irene in August 2011, VCHART acted as an information gathering and sharing resource and worked with the Vermont Preservation Trust, Vermont Division for Historic Preservation, Vermont State Archives and Public Records, Vermont Historical Society, Vermont Department of Libraries, and Vermont Emergency Management, as well as fed information to AIC-CERT, the rapid response team for the American Institute for Conservation. An AIC-CERT member along with State Librarian Martha Reid visited the compromised West Hartford library, carried out a damage assessment, and offered helpful suggestions for salvage methods. Ann Cousins from the Preservation Trust of Vermont also visited numerous communities to help assess damage to historic buildings.

Preliminary reports from cultural institutions indicated that there had been some damage but conditions were such that local volunteers and staff were able to address the situations. A notable exception was the State complex in Waterbury, which was hit hard. Staff from the State Archives and Public Records Division worked on salvage efforts there as well as monitored the conditions of municipal offices around the state.

If staff, volunteers, or members of the public knew of an affected cultural institution or one that needed information on salvage methods, they were encouraged to contact Jackie Calder, VHS Curator and VCHART coordinator, at 802-479-8514 or, or Lisa Evans, VHS League of Local Historical Societies and Museum Program Coordinator at 802-8522 or


SHERN Meeting

Posted on: June 16th, 2011 by Jessica Unger | Seattle, WA, Uncategorized

Four SHERN Steering Committee members are members of AIC CERT (American Institute for Conservation Collections Emergency Response Team):  Julie Creahan, Nick Dorman, Laura Phillips, and Gary Menges. Laura and Gary gave an update on AIC Cert activities.

Mark G. Eberlein, Regional Environmental Officer, FEMA Region X met with us to review FEMA’s work and distribute some handouts.