A Short Tutorial on Protecting Art Collections from Natural Disasters

Elysian Koglmeier | October 19, 2020 (Updated December 15, 2021)

2020 has been a year for the history books.

This year has been one of extremes. Amidst a global pandemic, we’ve also witnessed record-breaking wildfires in California and Colorado and devastating tropical storms and flooding along the Atlantic coast.

With the headlines telling tales of evacuations and destruction of property, it is no surprise that the topic of protecting art collections has become top of mind for collectors.

Here at Artwork Archive, we’ve seen a surge of collectors and institutions use our online art inventory platform to catalog, protect and preserve their artworks. Many of you have spent decades investing your time, money, and passion to build up your beloved collection. And, we don’t want to see your loss become yet another doomsday headline.


During a time of immense uncertainty, there are things we can control. 

The short video below outlines the simple steps to guard your art collection against natural disasters like hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, flooding and more.

Spoiler alert: a big piece of the preparation is just wrapping your arms around your collection and entering it into one accessible place—like an online art inventory system. By having your artwork information in one place, online, you always know what you have, where it is, and most importantly, can access and share records and documents in times of emergency, like an insurance claim after a natural disaster.


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