Protecting Your Art: Disaster Mitigation Planning for Private Collections


Establishing a customized pre- and post-emergency plan for your collection can make all the difference for mitigating significant physical and financial loss when a natural catastrophe strikes.

As an art collector, you have a vested interest in protecting your most prized possessions. That's why it's important to have a disaster mitigation plan in place in case of an emergency. This session with Blythe O'Brien Hogan of Aon will provide you with the basics for creating mitigation plans for art, as well as protections and emergency actions specific to hurricanes and wildfires.

Protecting Your Art Quick Tips

The first step in creating a disaster mitigation plan is to identify the risks specific to your collection. These risks can include everything from theft and vandalism to water damage and earthquakes. Once you've identified the risks, you can begin implementing mitigation strategies. Some simple mitigation strategies include installing security systems, temperature and humidity monitors, and fire suppression systems.

In addition to general mitigation strategies, there are also some protections and emergency actions that are specific to hurricanes and wildfires. For example, if you live in an area that is prone to hurricanes, you should consider installing hurricane shutters or impact-resistant windows. If you live in an area that is susceptible to wildfires, you should create a defensible space around your home by clearing away brush and leaves. Additionally, it's important to have an evacuation plan in place in case you need to quickly evacuate your home.

No one ever wants to think about the possibility of their art collection being damaged or destroyed. However, it's important to be prepared for the worst-case scenario. By following the tips and hearing from our art expert Blythe O'Brien Hogan you can rest assured knowing that you've done everything possible to protect your art collection from disasters.

Discussion with Blythe O'Brien Hogan of Aon

Blythe O'Brien Hogan, Vice President and the Director of the Art & Collections Practice at Global Fine Art Practice at Aon, knows all about protecting your art. She will explore:

  • The basics for creating mitigation plans for art
  • Protections and emergency actions specific to hurricanes and wildfires
  • The small implementations that can mitigate the risk of large losses
  • How to identify the proper insurance options and prevent coverage gaps

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Blythe O'Brien Hogan

Blythe graduated with Merit from Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London with a Masters degree in Art Business. Her Masters’ thesis centered on the history and development of fine art risk management and insurance. Blythe graduated Summa Cum Laude with Honors from University of Georgia with Bachelor of Arts degrees in Art History and Spanish. Blythe serves AON Private Risk...

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