Disaster Recovery was pulled to the forefront of the field of conservation 2005 with the devastation caused by hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The lack of an all encompassing disaster recover plan was acutely felt. Out of the rapid reaction of conservation volunteers came the National Heritage Responders (NHR), formerly the American Institute of Conservation’s Collections Emergency Response Team (AIC-CERT).
As of 2013, there were only 107 volunteer members of AIC-CERT. Founder, Susan Blakney, is one of these members. Earning her stripes in the aftermath of Katrina, she is uniquely trained, and supported by a mixed-specialty staff, to respond quickly to tragedy. Floods, hurricanes, fire, and furnace puff back can reek havoc on any art collection. Speedy response is important to ensure minimum damage. If you have experienced a disaster and need our assistance, please call us immediately at (315) 685-8534.