Disaster Preparation and Recovery

photo by Tucker Walsh

photo by permission of Tucker Walsh

The flooding of Florence in 1967 ushered in a new awareness of the need for disaster planning and preparation. 40 odd years later, major disasters and dangers around the world (both natural and man-made) have shown that recovery is always better when a formal plan of action is in place.  The resources listed below will help you get started on your own personal plan for Disaster Preparedness and Response.

Section 6, Risk Management, MRM5 Museum Registration Methods 5th Edition, American Museums Association

Identifying Features of Effecitve Emergency Response Plans, Journal of the American Institute For Conservation , Spring/Summer 2011-Vol. 50, No.1, Ferraro and Henderson pp 35-48

Western Association for Art Conservation Newsletter, Sept. 2005, Vol  27, No 3, devoted to Disaster Salvage and Response: http://cool.conservation-us.org/waac/ttl/  (This is available on-line for a limited time; the printed version can be ordered anytime).  Contents include:

“Mold: A Conservator’s Very Basic Mold Primer”Kaplan
“Excerpts From: Disaster Preparedness Workbook for U.S. Navy Libraries and Archives”, Fox and Patkus
“Salvage Operations for Water Damaged Archival Collections”, Walsh
“Salvage at a Glance”, Walsh
“Exerpts from: Emergency Salvage Procedures for Wet Items”, Minnesota Historical Society
“Getting Ready to Respond, When Theory and Life Meet” Koerner

MoMA’s “Immediate Response for Collections” http://www.moma.org/docs/explore/conservation/emergency_guidelines_for_art_disasters.pdf