Author: Dyani Feige, CCAHA Preservation Specialist, Pennsylvania Caucus Chair
First off, I hope that everyone is safe, and my heart goes out to those of you who are dealing with damages inflicted by Hurricane Sandy.
I wanted to write to let everyone know that the Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts (CCAHA) offers emergency assistance for institutions and individuals with damaged paper-based collections by offering conservation treatment, technical information, training programs, and consultation services including on-site assistance at the time of, or in the aftermath of, an emergency. If your building or collections sustained damage, CCAHA staff members are available to assist with questions and response.
Several emergency preparedness resources are available on CCAHA’s web site. The Mid-Atlantic Resource Guide for Disaster Preparedness lists area resources for emergency response and can be found online here.
CCAHA also has technical bulletins on salvage of art on paper, photographs, and books located here (scroll down to “Technical Bulletins” near the bottom of the screen).
CCAHA staff can provide information on damaged collections and strategies for recovering from water, fire, pest infestation, or mold outbreaks. Referrals can be provided for commercial vendors, along with suppliers of equipment and supplies needed for a recovery effort. If you need assistance during regular business hours, please call our offices at 215.545.0613. Outside of regular business hours, contact a CCAHA staff member on our 24-hour emergency assistance hotline at 215.688.0719.