April Hann Lanford, DPR Art Rescue, LLC

Before the Hurricane

How to Prepare to Help Prevent Hurricane Damage to Fine Art and Antique Collections

Hurricanes have been often threatening and causing damage to fine art and antique collections in the coastal areas of the United States. Strong winds and thunderstorms that produce heavy rain result in flooding that is the most common threat to fragile pieces of art and historic objects. Hurricane warnings issued by the National Hurricane Center always help with the preparation to face potential disasters. Evacuation is the first-rate solution. We offer some disaster preparation tips that may help you save your precious collections:

  • Ensure that you have an updated inventory that includes artist, title, dimensions, condition and location.

  • Take images and videos of the collection.

  • Archive a copy of the inventory and images on a thumb drive.

  • Identify priority items for evacuation and relocation.

  • Time is of the essence, if you cannot evacuate the entire collection, identify the safest locations within your residence to temporarily store items.

  • Move items away from windows and exterior doors.

  • Relocate items to interior rooms.

  • Do not store artwork resting on the floor, everything should be elevated by at least 3”.

  • Never store artwork in the basement.

  • Contact your local art handling firm to confirm their availability of staff and available space.

  • Have packing materials and supplies accessible.

  • Designate a family member or friend who is familiar with the collection to periodically check on the collection in the event that you are not able to.

Need Assistance? Contact DPR Art Rescue national hotline:

Call: 888-377-5669


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