Posts Tagged ‘damage’

The Wolfsonian Hosts Disaster Preparedness Workshop

Posted on: July 21st, 2014 by Jessica Unger | Miami, FL

On July 21, The Wolfsonian hosted an AFR Miami workshop on disaster preparedness, targeted towards museum professionals. The program featured facilitators Rosa Lowinger (conservator, Rosa Lowinger & Associates), Stephanie Hornbeck (director of conservation, Caryatid Conservation Services), and Viviana Dominguez (owner of Art Conservators Lab).


Focusing on fire and water damage to collections, the presenters provided information on initial response and the importance of prior preparation. Following the presentations, workshop participants took part in hand-on activities to learn about early response to fire and water events.


You can read more about the workshop here.


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


Tornado Conference Call

Posted on: June 18th, 2011 by Jessica Unger | Boston, MA

Several historic properties were severely damaged in the tornadoes that swept across western Massachusetts. On June 16, 2011, COSTEP MA hosted a conference call to address damage assessments, available funding, and other recovery issues for these structures. Click here to read the call summary.