Posts Tagged ‘workshop’

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.

TX-CERA Training To Be Held at MFA Houston Aug 1-2

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

The MFAH will host an inaugural disaster response and recovery forum, led by Texas Cultural Emergency Response Alliance, on Monday, August 1 and Tuesday August 2. Library, archive, and museum professionals in Houston and the surrounding counties are invited to share expertise and resources in this unique partnership.

The 2-day workshop will focus on disaster response and recovery situations specific to the region, including hurricanes, tornadoes, and flash floods, and will show participants how to respond to such large-scale natural events to both protect and preserve the objects in their care and to connect to a larger network of national emergency management professionals. Day 1 will feature speakers from the Harris County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Belfor USA and others. Day 2 will focus on techniques and training for wet recovery salvage of heritage objects.


When: Monday and Tuesday, August 1-2, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.                     

Where: The American General Meeting Room / The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston / Audrey Jones Beck Building, 5601 Main Street / Houston, Texas 77005

Cost: $80.00, lunch provided. Free parking in MHAH parking lot.

Details: The MFAH is an experienced disaster management leader and advocate for protecting cultural heritage resources in the region.


The Texas Cultural Emergency Response Alliance (TX-CERA) is a statewide resource for cultural heritage and disaster management and part of the nationwide Alliance for Response program. Through a series of regional forums, it builds bridges between the cultural heritage and emergency response communities before disasters happen. Their programs lead to new partnerships, policies, and cooperative planning efforts.


Contacts: Steve Pine, Museum of Fine Arts, / Olivia Primanis, University of Texas, Austin, / Melanie Sanford, Textile Preservation Services of Texas –




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


Newly-launched Miami Network Plans Programming

Posted on: April 15th, 2014 by Jessica Unger | AFR

The Miami network, launched in 2013, is busily planning their programs for the year. They plan on organizing a two-part general emergency preparedness workshop, an emergency checklist workshop for “immediate response” emergencies versus pre-notification emergencies (such as hurricanes), and an incident command center workshop taught by a member of emergency services.


Cultural Resources Emergency Support Team (CREST) to Serve NC

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

With the help of an IMLS grant, the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources and the Connecting to Collections project have developed workshops for staff training and assembled emergency supplies for immediate salvage and recovery efforts after a disaster at cultural institutions. This project includes the development of a statewide CREST team (Cultural Resources Emergency Support Team) that can deploy members across the state immediately after a disaster. CREST members arrive with special supplies for triage of artifacts and have had specialized recovery training that includes soot removal, photograph salvage, freezing techniques, and textile cleaning for temporary or long-term conservation and storage.
A part of the CREST initiative is staging workshops in cooperation with the local fire and rescue professionals in the Piedmont, Mountain, and Coastal Plains regions of North Carolina. The first disaster/burn-recovery workshop was in Buxton, NC, on the Outer Banks. A mock museum was set up and, after a controlled burn of the “museum,” area historical collection stewards received hands-on training in the actual recovery of the wet and damaged items. Members of the recovery teams consisted of employees, volunteers, boards of directors, local members, and other passionate people who would respond should a fire, flood, tornado, or other disaster occur.

Joining Forces: The Alliance for Response Pittsburgh Disaster Preparedness Cache

Posted on: October 3rd, 2012 by Jessica Unger | Pittsburgh, PA

The Pittsburgh chapter of Heritage Preservation’s Alliance for Response decided to build a cache of disaster response supplies to be shared by humanities organizations in the greater Pittsburgh region, as well as hold a disaster response training workshop. Read more here about this project funded by the NEH Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions program.

SHER Workshop on Insurance and Appraisal

Posted on: January 18th, 2011 by Jessica Unger | Savannah, GA

On January 18, 2011, SHER held a workshop on Insurance and Appraisal for Disaster Recovery for Cultural Heritage Organizations at the Fox Theatre. Morning speakers included Jeff Minett and Lynn March, Senior Vice Presidents with Aon/Huntington T. Block Insurance Agency, who spoke about coverage, exclusions, evaluation, incoming and outgoing loans, terminology, certificates of insurance, notice of loss, arbitration, and how to reduce the financial impact of a risk. In the afternoon Debra Freer, Senior Appraiser with Aaron Appraisal Services in Atlanta, GA, discussed appraisal of fine art, decorative art, and antiques and insights from her appraisal of the Fox Theatre’s collection in Atlanta.

“Risk Assessment of Cultural Heritage Sites” workshop

Posted on: May 4th, 2010 by Jessica Unger | Savannah, GA

Held at the Savannah Civic Center

Emergency Preparedness Workshop

Posted on: October 19th, 2009 by Jessica Unger | Philadelphia, PA

With Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management


Fire Suppression and Fire Safety Workshop

Posted on: September 9th, 2009 by Jessica Unger | Pittsburgh, PA