In 2007 the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation Historic and Artistic Works
(FAIC) received funding from the Institute for Museum and Library Services
to develop a series of advanced workshops to train conservators and other library and museum professionals. These dynamic and highly successful workshops produced a group of 61”rapid responders” who are trained to react to disasters.
The group provides assistance by phone and email to collecting institutions affected by everything from leaking pipes to roof damage. AIC-CERT has deployed experts to assist with major floods in the Midwest and Hurricane Ike, both in 2008, and to other events. After each event, information is shared and techniques are evaluated and refined by team members.
43 additional AIC-CERT members were trained in 2011, again with support from the Institute of Museum and Libary Services, bringing the total number of volunteers to 107. The expanded group provides better geographic coverage and a wider set of skills in responding to collections.
We invite you to support this important resource for America’s collections. Although team members volunteer their time, FAIC must pay for their travel, lodging, meals, and supplies, as well as the overall management of the program. Please click here to make your contribution.