Free App for Artifact Recovery
If you’ve been to any of our Disaster Preparedness or Recovery workshops, you know that we at C2C are fans of the Emergency Salvage and Response Wheel, published by Heritage Preservation. The piece is an ideal quick reference for the appropriate salvage activities, material by material. A more extensive version, which we also recommend, is the Field Guide to Emergency Response. Both can be purchased through Heritage Preservation’s website.
These resources, however valuable, have a price tag. Because one of C2C’s primary objectives is reaching out to small institutions, many of which are volunteer-run with tiny budgets, we are always on the look out for cost-saving measures to share with our community of cultural heritage practitioners. Now there is a free solution (for those with certain mobile devices and data plans).
Heritage Preservation’s announcement follows:
The ERS: Emergency Response and Salvage app is now available for Android users and can be downloaded through Google Play. The app was first released in April 2012, for Apple devices running on iOS 5.1 or later. Since its release in the App Store, ERS has been downloaded more than 1,800 times! The app provides the same reliable content found in the original Emergency Response and Salvage Wheel. ERS makes the Wheel’s invaluable guidance accessible to anyone who is in need of practical advice for saving collections in the first 48 hours after a disaster.
Coming soon, ERS for BlackBerry, an updated Apple version for all iOS platforms, and ERS in Spanish!
In the unfortunate event that disaster strikes, it’s best to have resources for recovery close at hand and portable. The wheel and its mobile app can offer ready guidance when salvage activities must be quick and efficient.