Disaster Relief

Lisa Duncan, Art Conservator, LLC
Paper and Photograph Conservator

Call for assistance IMMEDIATELY if you have had a disaster in your collection or institution!  Waiting after a water event can initiate mold growth and permanently damage material in your collection.  Keep air flowing by purchasing large fans.

If you are located in the Northwest, there is an organization called Western States and Territories Preservation Assistance Service (WESTPAS) that provides workshops on emergency disaster preparedness and operates a 24-hour emergency phone number if assistance is needed during a disaster.

Before a disaster devastates your collection seek advice on creating an emergency plan. Prevent the devastation by planning early.  Educate yourself.  Call for guidance.  Read these resources below.

Download helpful technical bulletins provided by the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts (CCAHA) on recovering photographs and works on paper. http://www.ccaha.org/publications/technical-bulletins

The Getty has published a guide for writing an emergency plan.  It is online and available at http://www.getty.edu/conservation/publications/pdf_publications/emergency_plan.pdf

The Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) provides a preservation leaflet addressing emergency planning.  http://www.nedcc.org/resources/leaflets.list.php