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Protecting and Repairing Arts, Designs, and Other Works

Essential contacts and information for protecting delicate works of art

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Whether you’re seeking to protect your valuable designs, sketches, models or works before disaster strikes, or you’re looking for information after a crisis like Hurricane Sandy, these resources may prove invaluable to you in protecting your precious arts, crafts and other creations.

CoOL (Online Resource of the FAIC)
Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation (FAIC): http://www.conservation-us.org/
Disaster Response and Recovery: http://www.conservation-us.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=Page.viewPage&pageId=593&parentID=491
Specific Hurricane Sandy Resources: http://www.conservation-us.org/document/docWindow.cfm?fuseaction=document.viewDocument&documentid=718&documentFormatId=4027
After the Flood: Emergency Stabilization and Conservation Measures (Post-Disaster Resources): http://cool.conservation-us.org/byorg/nps/npsafter.html
1156 15th Street, NW, Suite 320
Washington, DC 20005
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/conservators
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/American-Institute-for-Conservation-of-Historic-and-Artistic-Works/74416928679?sid=10b44a2f4edeafe6e5417b2d55cbe3aa&ref=search

CoOL, an online resource operated by the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation, offers an excellent and comprehensive full text library of conservation information, covering a wide spectrum of topics of interest to those involved with the conservation of library, archives and museum materials. The site is a must for artists and designers who want to know how to care for and protect their works, and it offers a constantly growing online resource for artists as well as conservators, collectors, collection care specialists, and other conservation professionals.

AIC-CERT Collections Emergency Response Team The Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation (FAIC)
AIC-CERT Collections Emergency Response Team: http://www.conservation-us.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=Page.viewPage&pageId=695
Disaster Response and Recovery: http://www.conservation-us.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=Page.viewPage&pageId=593&parentID=491
Specific Hurricane Sandy Resources: http://www.conservation-us.org/document/docWindow.cfm?fuseaction=document.viewDocument&documentid=718&documentFormatId=4027
After the Flood: Emergency Stabilization and Conservation Measures (Post-Disaster Resources): http://cool.conservation-us.org/byorg/nps/npsafter.html
1156 15th Street, NW, Suite 320
Washington, DC 20005
24-Hour Assistance Line: (202) 661-8068
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/conservators
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/American-Institute-for-Conservation-of-Historic-and-Artistic-Works/74416928679?sid=10b44a2f4edeafe6e5417b2d55cbe3aa&ref=search
E-mail: info[at]conservation-us.org.

AIC-CERT responds to the needs of cultural institutions during emergencies and disasters through coordinated efforts with first responders, state agencies, vendors and the public. Volunteers can provide advice and referrals by phone at the number above. Requests for on-site assistance will be forwarded by the volunteer to the AIC-CERT Coordinator and Project Director for response. Less urgent questions can also be answered by emailing info[at]conservation-us.org

Studio Protector (Salvage and e-salvage information)
Online Guide: http://studioprotector.org/OnlineGuide.aspx
Wall Guide: http://studioprotector.org/WallGuide.aspx
Salvage and e-Salvage: http://www.studioprotector.org/OnlineGuide/Salvage.aspx
First Aid for Your Art Assets: http://studioprotector.org/OnlineGuide/Salvage/SalvageBasics/FirstAidforYourAsArtAssetsArchives.aspx
Via CERF+ (Craft Emergency Relief Fund + Artists' Emergency Resources)
PO Box 838
Montpelier, VT 05601-0838
Phone: (802) 229-2306
E-mail (also via CERF+): info[at]craftemergency.org

Offered via CERF+, The Studio Protector Online Guide, Wall Guide, and associated articles on Salvage and e-Salvage, First Aid for Your Art Assets, and more, provides an indispensable resource for artists and emergency preparedness and recovery. As the organization points out, “Small measures taken in advance of an emergency, and the right sequence of emergency response actions, can make a huge difference in reducing loss and in the time it takes to rebound from a setback.”

The Heritage Emergency National Task Force (Heritage Preservation - The National Institute for Conservation)
http://www.heritagepreservation.org/PROGRAMS/TFDownloads.html
A Guide to Navigating FEMA: http://www.heritagepreservation.org/PDFS/GuidetoNavigatingFEMASBA.pdf
1012 14th St. NW, Suite 1200, Washington, DC 20005
Phone: 202-233-0800
Fax: 202-233-0807
E-mail: TaskForce[at] heritagepreservation.org

The Heritage Emergency National Task Force’s Information on Major Disasters offers a gold mine of information for arts groups or artists who risk damage from disaster, or who suffered damage or loss after Hurricane Sandy or other catastrophes. The website offers a terrific list of government, cultural and emergency contacts, as well as comprehensive links to response and recovery resources. There’s even a damage reporting tool.

The Heritage Emergency National Task Force is co-sponsored by Heritage Preservation and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and the site offers helpful Task Force resources available as free downloads that provide expert advice, insight and information on preparing for and responding to emergencies.

Whatever you do, don’t miss Heritage’s most essential item of all – its “Guide to Navigating FEMA,” complete with application forms.

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