Scott M. Haskins, author of “How To Save Your Stuff From A Disaster,” has worked in the US and Europe as a professional art conservator since 1975. He works with the general public, historical societies, museums, corporations, private collectors, art galleries, city, state and federal governments.He is also an expert witness in the Los Angeles Supreme Court system and on the part of the federal government regarding public art issues. He routinely provides consultation services, surveys and assessments and provides expert written content. He has done consultation work for a long list of notable organizations including the General Services Administration of the US Government, Pope Paul III’s family, the Shroud of Turin project, the Historical Dept of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Getty Conservation Institute among many others. His firm routinely collaborates with insurance companies in responding to accidents.
Besides authoring “How To Save Your Stuff From A Disaster,” he has written dozens of articles on what to do to take care of valuable (financial, historical or emotional) personal items in the workplace that have been published in corporate newsletters, art magazines, and other specialty publications and websites. He also wrote a pamphlet entitled “How To Respond After An Earthquake” of which over 500,000 were distributed in Los Angeles, through the human resource departments of the Bank of America after the Northridge Earthquake.
He has been personally involved in nine “major” California disasters: three earthquakes (Silomar ‘71, Whittier ‘89 and Northridge ‘94), four fires (Santa Barbara ’90, 2 in 2008 and Oakland ‘93) and one flood (Santa Barbara ’95) and has consulted with people on innumerable other accidents nationwide.
He is the expert (www.preservationcoach.com), providing important (essential!) information to assist businesses protect and save: intellectual and creative property, collections and collectibles, important letters/certificates/awards, memorabilia, photos, books and other company assets that reflect the corporate culture, most of which are not insurable. He addresses in his writings and assessments managing the risks of damage or loss due to water damage, mold, vandalism, fires, earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, leaking water heaters… and Father Time!
Scott is currently consulting with cities, counties (parishes) and companies within the Gulf States on Hurricane Preparedness. He is also working with contacts in Mexico to take the message of preparation and saving important personal items to their Gulf States.
For a feature article in the Life Section of the Santa Barbara News-Press go to http://www.fineartconservationlab.com/media-room/art-restorerconservator-scott-m-haskins-featured-in-life-section-of-newspaper/