Posts Tagged ‘FAIC’

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!

Prepare for MayDay 2015: Join the Movement!

Posted on: April 7th, 2015 by Jessica Unger | AFR

The Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (FAIC) is proud to carry on Heritage Preservation’s MayDay initiative encouraging libraries, museums, archives, historical societies, and preservation organizations to set aside May 1, 2015, to examine and increase their preparedness for emergencies.

 

Any organization can participate in MayDay. Last year staff at the Snowden Library of Lycoming College in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, reviewed basic first aid procedures with their department of safety and security, updated their disaster plan, and created a Pocket Response Plan; at the Historic Fourth Ward School Museum in Virginia City, Nevada, staff, volunteers, and interns met to discuss possible emergency situations, reviewed and updated their emergency manual, and made sure all personnel clearly understood the steps to be taken in various emergencies; and the Worthington Historical Society in Worthington, Ohio, developed a system for labeling their collections according to high, medium, and low priority in the event of an emergency to share with staff, volunteers, and local emergency personnel.

 

Visit FAIC’s MayDay page to view project ideas and the MayDay logo.

 

Activities hosted by FAIC for MayDay 2015 are sponsored by Polygon Group, offering document recovery, emergency planning services, property damage restoration, and temporary humidity control across the globe.

 

The Society of American Archivists (SAA) created the MayDay initiative in 2006 and promoted the idea to its members and allied organizations. The following year, the Heritage Emergency National Task Force and SAA expanded the concept to include all kinds of collecting institutions and historic preservation interests. For more information about SAA’s MayDay activities, click here.

 

About FAIC

 

FAIC, the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic & Artistic Works, supports conservation education, research, and outreach activities that increase understanding of our global cultural heritage.

 

Prepare for MayDay 2015: Join the Movement!

Posted on: April 7th, 2015 by Jessica Unger | SHEP

The Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (FAIC) is proud to carry on Heritage Preservation’s MayDay initiative encouraging libraries, museums, archives, historical societies, and preservation organizations to set aside May 1, 2015, to examine and increase their preparedness for emergencies.

Any organization can participate in MayDay. Last year staff at the Snowden Library of Lycoming College in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, reviewed basic first aid procedures with their department of safety and security, updated their disaster plan, and created a Pocket Response Plan; at the Historic Fourth Ward School Museum in Virginia City, Nevada, staff, volunteers, and interns met to discuss possible emergency situations, reviewed and updated their emergency manual, and made sure all personnel clearly understood the steps to be taken in various emergencies; and the Worthington Historical Society in Worthington, Ohio, developed a system for labeling their collections according to high, medium, and low priority in the event of an emergency to share with staff, volunteers, and local emergency personnel.

Visit FAIC’s MayDay page to view project ideas and the MayDay logo.

Activities hosted by FAIC for MayDay 2015 are sponsored by Polygon Group, offering document recovery, emergency planning services, property damage restoration, and temporary humidity control across the globe.

The Society of American Archivists (SAA) created the MayDay initiative in 2006 and promoted the idea to its members and allied organizations. The following year, the Heritage Emergency National Task Force and SAA expanded the concept to include all kinds of collecting institutions and historic preservation interests. For more information about SAA’s MayDay activities, click here.

About FAIC

FAIC, the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic & Artistic Works, supports conservation education, research, and outreach activities that increase understanding of our global cultural heritage.

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).