Posts Tagged ‘salvage’

Texas Cultural Emergency Response Alliance Workshop

Posted on: July 28th, 2016 by Jessica Unger | Texas

Explore the agenda for the upcoming workshop organized by TX-CERA, to be held on August 1 and 2 from 9:00 am to 4:15 pm at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Artifact Salvage and Recovery Workshop

Posted on: September 1st, 2015 by Jessica Unger | Miami, FL

Staff of Florida museums, archives, zoos, library special collections, historic sites, and archaeology collections, are invited to the free Florida C2C Developing Emergency Plans: Artifact Salvage and Recovery Workshop. Registration closes on September 25, 2015!


Learn salvage and recovery procedures for all types of objects, learn what types of supplies you should purchase and hear case studies from other institutions on October 2. Go home with clear instructions on how to develop your museum’s response. Come back on December 11 to refine it with peers, and participate in a hands-on artifact salvage activity to enhance your learning.


Both workshops are held in 3 different cities so no one has to travel far and so you can network with peers in your region:

  • Frost Art Museum, FIU – Miami
  • Florida Museum of Natural History, UF – Gainesville
  • Ringling Museum of Art, FSU – Sarasota


Deadline for Registration: September 25, 2015

Cost: Free


Join us to improve or create a new plan; register as a mentee. OR join us to mentor colleagues.  Registration and more info:


Questions: Robin Bauer Kilgo, Project Associate, Florida Connecting to Collections at


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.

Saving Family Treasures

Posted on: September 13th, 2013 by Jessica Unger | SHEP

Thousands of Coloradans have been displaced and more are being encouraged to evacuate as the threat of flash floods and mudslides continue. When the flooding abates, residents will begin the daunting task of sorting through the wreckage. Treasured family heirlooms and keepsakes will likely have been damaged by the floodwater, but these mementos may be salvageable. For tips on dealing with water damaged objects, see our press release on Saving Family Treasures CO Flooding. For additional resources that may assist your institution or constituents following a flood, visit

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