Craig S. Philson
While developing a disaster recover plan is difficult for any operation, cultural institutions face the challenge of protecting not only their facility’s livelihood, but the daunting task of ensuring that history, art, and other cultural artifacts be safeguarded for future generations. Art pieces, historical documents, archeological items, and even a historical building’s architectural features are often “one of a kind” and cannot be backed up on computer or duplicated. The challenges faced by museum directors, conservators, and others in charge of protecting cultural history offer a fine balance between protecting and altering the very item you are trying to preserve, such as an historical building. When it comes to disaster recovery planning for these institutions, there often is a “culture” clash.