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Museums using Generators in Texas

Museums are using generators in Texas to keep the staff and Art warm in the storm. 

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Museums are using generators in Texas to keep the staff and Art warm in the storm. 

The art News report says that Museums in Texas have been destroyed by recent storms causing storms that overwhelmed the power grid and left residents without necessities of life like heat, power, or drinking water. However, museums have sorted their emergency measures to conserve their artworks. Institutions are opened to their staff that are without necessities.

Gary Tinterow, director of the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, which has been largely running on generators since Sunday he said “We have fifteen engineers who are sleeping at the museum right now because travel is not wise,” he further adds “Our emergency preparedness team is well acquainted with disaster,” Tinterow said, referring to the institution’s experience with Hurricane Harvey, which flooded the foundation of the museum’s just-completed building and caused the loss of thousands of dollars’ worth of construction equipment. “We have food, air mattresses, and dog food stocked,” Tinterow said, “so we are prepared to shelter essential staff.” The institution has far been able to maintain industry-standard temperature (70 degrees Fahrenheit) and humidity (50 percent).

Moreover, some of the institutions boards have offered their vacation houses and their homes to save the art according to Contemporary Arts Museum Houston director Hesse McGraw. McGraw said either [staff] have power or water, but not both,” said McGraw, limning an unfortunately common scenario. “Hopefully both don’t go out at the same time,” he added, noting that staff who do have power have taken in friends or family. 

“We normally have thrilling demand in summer on-peak heat days,” he said. “This is the first time in 40 or 50 years we’ve had peak demand in winter because of cold. The failure of the Energy Reliability Council has been how unreliable they are, and how unprepared. There’s been almost no additional capacity, which is a very disturbing wake-up call.” However, Tinterow expressed the frustration many Texans are feeling with the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, which is responsible for 90 percent of the state’s power, and was reported to have spent just forty seconds discussing winter storm alertness on February 9.

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