NEWS AND RESOURCES - California Wildfires

Has your museum been affected by the fires? Below are resources for emergency response and recovery.


Disaster Response Online Resources:

“After the Fire: Advice for Salvaging Damaged Family Treasures” – Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration

Museum Conservation Institute - Disaster Resources

American Institute for Conservation’s Emergency Response and Salvage Mobile App

American Alliance of Museums Disaster Response and Resources:

Disaster Assistance/Response:
California Preservation Program – Disaster Assistance
888/905-7737 (emergency response hotline)
Phone consultation is provided at no charge. If phone consultation is not sufficient, on-site assistance can be arranged at minimal or no charge.

American Institute for Conservation's National Heritage Responders
Advice, referrals, or to arrange for a volunteer team to complete a damage assessment and help organize salvage operations.

Balboa Art Conservation Center

Services (water/smoke cleanup/mitigation):
Hayward office: 510.785-3473; 24/7 Emergency Number: 888.543-3473
Los Angeles office: 714.632.7685 / 24/7 Emergency Number: 800.421.4112
San Diego office: 858.847.9886 / 24/7 Emergency Number: 866.421.4144

Polygon (San Francisco District office #505)
800-I-CAN-DRY (422-6379)

Walk in freezer rental (water damage mitigation):
Polar Leasing Company, Inc (Livermore)
877/493-2541 (24/7)
California Distribution Center: (877) 458-7374

Commercial Freezer Storage:
American Portable Storage (Oakland)
Michael McCurley

Freeze drying:
See BELFOR above

Document Reprocesses (Burlingame)
800/437-9464 (24/7)

Mold/Bacteria Testing:
C&W Environmental (Alameda)
Donald Diel

Do you know of other resources that should be listed here? Contact Emily Todd at or 831-471-9970 x101.