Maritime Museum Emergency and Disaster Preparedness and Recovery Manual


VIII. SAFEGUARDING OTHER MUSEUM COLLECTIONS



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VIII. SAFEGUARDING OTHER MUSEUM COLLECTIONS
A. Small Craft
B. Figureheads and Other Ship Carvings
C. Marine Engines
D. Other Museum Collections
IX. EMERGENCY RESPONSE PROCEDURES
A. Some General Guidelines
B. Assigning Responsibility


C. Personnel Evacuation
D. Collections Evacuation
E. Emergency Medical Procedures
F. Emergency Telephone Procedures
G. Emergency Sanitation Procedures
H. Temporary Morgue
I. Vessels Seeking Refuge and Visiting Yachts
J. Public Relations in an Emergency Situation
X. REVIEWING AND UPDATING YOUR PLAN
A. Testing the Plan
B. Annual Review Checklist

APPENDICES
Appendix 1: Federal Emergency Management Agency

Regional Offices


Appendix 2: Preservation, Conservation, Emergency Planning,

and Recovery Organizations


Appendix 3: Recovery Suppliers and Services
Appendix 4: Suggested List of Items for Inclusion in Emergency/Disaster Supply and Equipment Cache
Appendix 5: Preparedness and Recovery Procedures by Disaster Type
l Bomb threat

l Chemical spills and leaks

l Civil disobedience

l Earthquake

l Falling Water

l Fire


l Gas leak

l Hurricane

l Ice and Snow

l Insect and rodent infestation

l Lightning

l Nuclear accident

l Power failure

l Rising water

l Saltwater intrusion

l Theft, violence, or vandalism

l Tornado

l Tsunami

Appendix 6: Preparedness and Recovery Procedures by Object Type


l Electronic equipment

l Fabrics

l Furniture

l Leather

l Magnetic media

l Microfilm and microfiche

l Motion pictures

l Paintings

l Paper and books

l Photographs

l Sound and video recordings
Appendix 7: Sample Disaster Preparedness Plan Index
Appendix 8: Sample Disaster Preparedness Plan

Telephone Directory


Appendix 9: Sample Forms
Appendix 10: CAMM Disaster Network
Appendix 11: CAMM Emergency/Disaster Reference Library
Appendix 12: Conservation Information Network Bibliography
Appendix 13: Results of CAMM Questionnaire


Office of the President

Wisconsin Maritime Museum

75 Maritime Drive

Manitowoc, WI 54220


May 1, 1995
Dear CAMM Members:
It is my pleasure to acknowledge the support of the Institute of Museum Services, which provided a matching grant enabling the Council of American Maritime Museums to produce the Maritime Museum Emergency and Disaster Preparedness and Recovery Manual. Without this support, this manual could not have been assembled and published. While we hope we never have to use such a plan, eventually somewhere, sometime, disaster will strike. Wise use of this model plan, adopted to each specific museum's needs, will increase our ability to prepare for a disaster and to carry out a successful recovery should a disaster occur.
An additional result of this project is the CAMM Disaster Network, which we are now in the process of initiating. The willingness of our fellow members to assist us in the event of a disaster is most reassuring.
This manual would never have taken shape without the combined talents of three concerned entities. First, special recognition and thanks is due to the Emergency Preparedness Committee: Jane Allen, Philadelphia Maritime Museum; Robert Hauser, New Bedford Whaling Museum; Dana Hewson, Mystic Seaport Museum; and Paul DeOrsay, Philadelphia Maritime Museum. Without their professional and technical experience, and their dedication and cooperation, this manual would never have come about.
I also recognize and thank Ralph Eshelman, former director of the Calvert Marine Museum, for his diligent service as consultant and overall coordinator of the project. Without question, Ralph was the driving force behind the manual, from its inception to its completion. CAMM is indebted to Ralph for his leadership and devotion to this very important project.
Last, I thank Mystic Seaport and its director, Revell Carr, for their institutional support. Mystic willingly stepped forward on numerous occasions to assist with writing and producing the manual. Their support guaranteed that the manual was completed in a thorough and expeditious manner.
Sincerely,

Burt Logan, President

Council of American Maritime Museums

May 1, 1995


Dear CAMM Members:
The Council of American Maritime Museums Emergency Preparedness Committee is pleased to present to the CAMM membership the enclosed copy of Maritime Museum Emergency and Disaster Preparedness and Recovery Manual. In addition to the ring‑bound hard copy, which can be easily updated and modified, we have also provided a disk using IBM‑ and Macintosh‑compatible Word Perfect 5.1 format so that you can select and alter sections of this manual for your specific needs.
When the Emergency Preparedness Committee began working on this task, it was our belief that we needed only to collate the information that was already available regarding maritime‑related disasters. To our chagrin, we soon realized that there are significant gaps where research, practical experience, and general consensus on methodology are sorely lacking. Therefore, this manual is not intended to be the final word, but only the beginning of what must be considered a long‑term undertaking to bring together the information needed to make this project complete. Future research, new technology, and increased sharing of practical experience will necessitate periodic updating and modification of this manual. To this end, we encourage anyone with constructive criticisms, additional information, and new or conflicting ideas to inform CAMM so that future editions can accommodate this information as appropriate. Additionally, we suggest that this committee serve as a permanent committee responsible for the updating of the manual and the CAMM Disaster Network. Furthermore, this committee could serve as a catalyst for continuing dialogue and encouraging future research on this subject. A comprehensive, annotated, maritime‑related bibliography would prove most useful.
We thank our president, Burt Logan, who successfully prepared and submitted the Institute of Museum Services proposal resulting in the funding that made this manual possible. We are especially indebted to the following authors, who were willing to share their expertise and contribute important sections to this manual: Gregory Byrne, National Park Service; George King, Mystic Seaport Museum; David Mathieson, Mystic Seaport Museum; Peter Vermilya, Mystic Seaport Museum; and Dana Wegner, U.S. Navy Curator of Ship Models. We are also indebted to Paul O'Pecko, Librarian, the Blunt White Library, Mystic Seaport Museum, for his willingness to inventory and house the CAMM Emergency/Disaster Reference Library, which will be made available to anyone for reference purposes.


The following CAMM members provided copies of their plans for review: Calvert Marine Museum; Columbia River Maritime Museum; Historic St. Mary's City/Dove; Mystic Seaport Museum, Inc.; North Carolina Maritime Museum; Philadelphia Maritime Museum; and Texas Seaport Museum/Elissa. The following additional institutions and organizations provided copies of their plans for review: Historic Naval Ships Association of North America, Inc.; J. Paul Getty Museum; Jekyll Island; Museum Council of Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley; Roanoke Museum of Fine Arts; and Shadows on the Teche. The Federal Emergency Management Agency provided a wealth of printed reports, manuals, and a video. Jesse W. Lewis, Jr. of Crisis Consultants contributed advice on public relations during a disaster or emergency. The following individuals reviewed various drafts of this manual, improving it greatly, and provided additional recommendations and sources of information: Barbara Roberts, conservation consultant; Michael Henry, Watson & Henry Associates; Anne Witty, Columbia River Museum; Paula Johnson and Paul Johnston, National Museum of American History. Finally, we thank Sue Ellen Thompson, who edited the final draft, and Stuart Parnes, Mystic Seaport Museum, who carried out the task of printing the final product.
While we hope you find this manual useful for updating your own disaster plan, we hope you never need to use it for a disaster. But if you do, we hope that it will assist you in being better prepared, that it will reduce any potential damage, and that it will make your recovery as speedy, professional, and painless as possible.
Sincerely,

Ralph E. Eshelman Jane Allen

Project Coordinator Philadelphia Maritime Museum

Eshelman & Associates


Robert Hauser Dana Hewson

New Bedford Whaling Museum Mystic Seaport Museum


Paul DeOrsay Burt Logan

Philadelphia Maritime Museum Wisconsin Maritime Museum





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