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AIC American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works****

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*FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE*****

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October 26, 2012****

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Contact: Eryl P. Wentworth****

Phone: (202) 661-8060****

Email: [log in to unmask]****

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*AIC-CERT*****

*American Institute for Conservation—Collections Emergency Response Team****
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WASHINGTON, D.C.— With Hurricane Sandy threatening the East Coast, museums,
historic sites, libraries, and archives in much of the Eastern United
States will be at risk.  The American Institute for Conservation (AIC), the
national association of conservation professionals, is offering free
emergency response assistance to cultural organizations.  Please help make
sure that staff members of collecting institutions know to contact AIC-CERT
when a disaster—flooding, hurricane, earthquake, fire—has damaged
collections.****

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   - Call AIC’s 24-hour assistance number at 202.661.8068 for advice by
   phone.****

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   - Call 202.661.8068 to arrange for a team to come to the site to
   complete damage assessments and help with salvage organization.****

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AIC-CERT volunteers have provided assistance and advice to dozens of
museums, libraries, and archives since 2007.  AIC-CERT teams were on the
ground following Tropical Storm Irene and flooding in Minot, North Dakota
in 2011, the Midwest floods in 2008, and in the Galveston area following
Hurricane Ike later that year. AIC-CERT members and other AIC conservators
participated in an 18-month-long project in Haiti assisting with recovery
of cultural materials damaged in the 2010 earthquake.****

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AIC-CERT is supported and managed by the Foundation of the American
Institute for Conservation (FAIC).  In 2007 and again in 2010, FAIC
received funding from the Institute of Museum & Library Services to support
an advanced training program for conservators and other museum
professionals that resulted in a force of 107 “rapid responders” trained to
assess damage and initiate salvage of cultural collections after a disaster
has occurred.  They are ready to assist.****

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Resources and information on disaster recovery and salvage can be found on
the AIC website atwww.conservation-us.org/disaster .  The public can also
call AIC-CERT at 202.661.8068.****

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*About AIC*****

The American Institute for Conservation of Historic & Artistic Works is the
national membership organization supporting the professionals who preserve
our cultural heritage.  AIC plays a crucial role in establishing and
upholding professional standards, promoting research and publications,
providing educational opportunities, and fostering the exchange of
knowledge among conservators, allied professionals, and the public. ****

Learn more about AIC at www.conservation-us.org.****

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*About FAIC*****

The Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic &
Artistic Works supports conservation education, research, and outreach
activities that advance the conservation profession nationally and
internationally while promoting understanding of our global cultural
heritage. ****

Learn more about FAIC at www.conservation-us.org/foundation.****