Disaster Preparedness is an important preventive conservation activity for every collection. Global warming and the recent unpredictable weather has highlighted the importance of having a disaster preparedness program in place. Being prepared for disasters and well trained in salvaging damaged material reduces further harm to items and saves on potential treatment costs.
Artlab can prepare a comprehensive Disaster Preparedness Plan for your collection. This is a manual for easy use in the event of an emergency that will direct the response actions in a planned, safe and effective way. The Disaster Plan will include all procedures, equipment, materials, contacts, salvage priorities and floor plans necessary to protect and retrieve items in the event of an emergency.
Disaster Planning workshops are also available to teach individuals and organisations how to prepare a disaster plan, determine salvage priorities within a collection, create and train a disaster response team, and develop a store of emergency supplies.
This has proved particularly successful in South Australia where Artlab has strategically aligned the development of various disaster preparedness plans across collections held in State, Local Government, business and community hands, to facilitate a coordinated and consistent, flexible and supportive response.
Artlab offers an active Disaster Response service to assist in the recovery of cultural objects affected by disaster. In the event of an emergency, such as flooding, fire, earthquake, vandalism, or dust ingress (to name but a few) custodians of heritage collections may call Artlab for advice on the salvage and recovery of items.
Calls made during normal working hours will be addressed as a priority. Our receptionist will ask for the following information and will then pass this onto a conservator who will contact you as soon as possible: