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Curation and Preservation Services: Disaster Preparedness during Construction

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Disaster Preparedness during Construction

Your “to do” list:

  • Review the disaster response guidelines on the staff web
  • Update your staff phone tree
  • Review locations of fire alarm pulls & emergency exits
  • “If you see something, say something” – contact Mike Smith with questions

Risks to keep in mind:

  • Fire
  • “Hot work” such as welding or electrical work, also contractors’ cigarette smoking – walk-throughs of work areas, especially 30-180 minutes after contractors leave, are helpful in finding smoldering fires
  • Fire system may be disabled – be sure it is on overnight and weekends
  • Water
  • Roof work – look for drooping ceiling tiles and stains
  • Plumbing work
  • Water from fire suppression or the testing of reconnected sprinkler systems
  • Summer typically brings warmer weather and AC condensate leaks – these can occur anywhere, including offices and stacks
  • Abrasion, Dust, and Chemical Damage
  • Particulate pollutants should be controlled or contained – vendor should contain dust; especially take care of computers, A/V and other electronic equipment, and media collections
  • Collection cleaning may be needed – CPS can train staff or vendor
  • Moving and handling materials – take care when relocating collections
  • Environment & Pests
  • Harder to control temperature and humidity because of open doors, walls, etc.
  • Easier for pests to get in – CPS can provide traps in areas that seem problematic
  • Food trash from contractors
  • Security
  • Alarm systems, including alarmed fire doors, may be disabled
  • Contractors and other unfamiliar faces can make it difficult to tell who is legitimate
  • Access may be easier for thieves, vandals, and MIT “hackers”
  • Structural collapse
  • Also scaffolding collapse

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