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Current Response Efforts

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FAIC's National Heritage Responders (NHR) are currently coordinating to provide support and response efforts to cultural institutions and others affected by recent storms and flooding. Our efforts, helpful information, and ways you can help are detailed below.

The National Heritage Responders are supported and managed by the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation. Funding for this program comes from specific grants and donations from concerned people like you. Donate now to support volunteer deployments and supply their work saving cultural heritage under threat from natural disasters.

All cultural institutions affected by recent hurricanes and storms are encouraged to contact the National Heritage Responders for support. Call the 24-hour hotline at 202.661.8068 for free advice by phone.

Michael Response Efforts

Hurricane Michael came ashore as one of the strongest storms to strike the U.S. Mainland, and remained at hurricane strength well into Georgia.  FAIC is monitoring the situation and stands ready to assist collecting institutions in the region.  Call the 24-hour hotline at 202.661.8068 or use the online form at https://goo.gl/forms/rGzfjgtKsAZ08Vdw1 to request assistance.

Museums in Federally-declared disaster areas are eligible for emergency Collections Assessment for Preservation (CAP). Contact CAP@conservation-us.org for more information about costs and eligibility. 


Florence Response Efforts

Wilmington, NC: FAIC's National Heritage Responders lead a free workshop at The Cameron Art Museum in Wilmington, NC, for collecting institutions, collectors, and artists who were affected by Hurricane Florence on Tuesday, October 2, 2018, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Funding for the workshop was generously provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities.Team members aided collecting institutions in the region as well.

Institutions needing assistance may call the 24-hour hotline at 202.661.8068 to arrange for a volunteer team to come to the site at no cost. Teams can complete a damage assessment and help organize salvage operations. You may also request a site visit by completing the form at: https://goo.gl/forms/rGzfjgtKsAZ08Vdw1

Museums in Federally-declared disaster areas are eligible for emergency Collections Assessment for Preservation (CAP) services.  Contact CAP@conservation-us.org for costs and eligibility.


Preparing for Storms

For collecting institutions in the path of hurricanes, tropical storms, and more, our National Heritage Responders have created tips sheets about evacuating collections/sheltering collections in place. Please share with colleagues as they prepare for potential storm impacts: https://bit.ly/2wGfYXN

What Can I Do?

Learn more about the NHR team, their training, and the work they do upon deployment. Note that all NHR members are volunteers who donate their time and efforts when emergencies occur -- and they are only deployed after first responders secure the area and do the work of saving lives. Their travel and accommodation costs are funded through donations to FAIC.

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