People often think that the term 'disaster' only refers to something large and potentially catastrophic, such as fire or major flood. This is not always the case, as the term 'disaster' can refer to something on a smaller scale which can still have a devastating effect on the collection, such as a small leak, pest infestation, theft or vandalism. However, no matter what the cause of the disaster, the way in which you respond to the effects of the disaster can make all the difference in terms of damage sustained by your collection.
Effective disaster management and response is an essential part of protecting the thousands of cultural collections currently residing both within institutions and in private collections today. By having disaster response procedures in place you will be able to respond quickly and efficiently in the event of a disaster, therefore limiting the effects of the disaster on the collection.
We have had extensive experience in disaster response, and have written numerous Disaster Preparedness Response Plans for both large and small organisations. We can help you to write a Disaster Plan for your collection, and can run hands-on training workshops to prepare yourself and your team for responding to a disaster.
In addition, our team has provided disaster response assistance to both public and private clients, and have coordinated the disaster response for numerous cultural collections.
If your collection has been affected by a disaster, or if you would like to discuss how we can help by writing a Disaster Plan or providing training, please contact us.
Fire damaged antique
Water damaged Japanese screen
Disaster response training workshop