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Subject: Workshop on emergency response

Workshop on emergency response

From: James Squires <james.squires>
Date: Wednesday, January 25, 2006
Workshop: Emergency Response and Recovery of Wet Cultural Materials
The Charleston Museum
360 Meeting Street
Charleston SC 29403
March 10-12, 2006

    Barbara Moore and M.J. Davis, Instructors

Presented by SERCA (Southeast Regional Conservation Association)
with a grant from the American Institute for Conservation

$200 AIC or SERCA members, $250 non-members For registration
materials, contact

    Yasuko Ogino
    Fax: 678-547-1453
    yasuko.ogino [at] woodruffcenter__org

Program Schedule:

Friday, March 10

    9-9:30am    Welcome, Introductions, Workshop Overview

    9:30-10     Emergency Response: The Four Stages

                    *   risk assessment and mitigation
                    *   preparedness
                    *   response
                    *   recovery

    10-10:30 Start soaking artifacts

                    *   Opportunity for participants to take
                        "before" photos

    10:30-11    Break

    11am-12pm   The Response Phase: the first 48 hours

                    *   Organization and Incident Records
                    *   Re-entry
                    *   Damage Assessment
                    *   Stabilizing the Environment

    12-1 Lunch

    1-1:30      Setting Salvage Priorities

                    *    Curatorial priorities
                    *    Priorities based on vulnerability
                    *    Priorities based on current condition
                    *    Priorities based on Emergency Realities

    1:30-2:30   Tabletop Scenario (Break into 4 groups of 10)

    2:30-3      Break

    3-4         Salvage Basics: Drying Techniques

                    *    Freezing to Buy Time
                    *    Freezer Drying
                    *    Dehumidification
                    *    Air Drying
                    *    Vacuum Freeze Drying
                    *    Cryogenic ("Thermaline") Drying
                    *    Vacuum Thermal Drying
                    *    The Zorbix System

    4-5         Personal Safety and Equipment

Saturday, March 11

    9-10:30am   Material Specific Information (Books and Paper, Skin
                and Leather, Paintings, Ivory and Bone)

    10:30-11pm  Break

    11am-12pm   Material Specific Information (Textiles, clothing
                and accessories; furniture and wooden objects;
                ethnographic and archaeological objects; natural
                science specimens)

    12-1        Lunch

    1-1:30      Material Specific Information: photographs

    1:30-2      Disaster Residues: Soot, Mold, and Odor

    2-2:30      Salvage Demonstrations

    2:30-3      Break

    3-5         Salvage Practice

                    *   Salvage Priorities--discussion at bins
                    *   Salvage Practical

Sunday, March 12

    9-10:30     Disaster Experiences

                    *    Discussion of lessons learned from Katrina
                    *    Participants' images and experiences

    10:30-11 Break

    11am-12pm Debriefing, Discussion, and Clean-up

                    *    Review Lessons Learned from Salvage
                    *    Group Presentations to Class
                    *    Opportunity for participants to take
                        "after" photos
                    *    Clean-up

James R. Squires
Associate Conservator of Paintings
Atlanta Art Conservation Center

                  Conservation DistList Instance 19:35
                 Distributed: Monday, February 6, 2006
                       Message Id: cdl-19-35-022
Received on Wednesday, 25 January, 2006

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