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The award-winning Field Guide to Emergency Response and Emergency Response and Salvage Wheel are resources that can help you deal with damage to your collection.


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After the Flood

CURRENT DISASTER PRESS MATERIAL

Press release: Advice for Saving Damaged Family Treasures (60 KB) (.doc)

Heritage Emergency National Task Force Logo (34 kb) (.jpg)

If your cultural institution was affected by the storm consider filling out this damage report.

After a federal disaster has been declared, FEMA and your state emergency management office (EMO) will schedule Applicant Briefings in areas affected by the disaster. Notices will appear in local newspapers, on local radio stations, and via the Web site of your state EMO. The meeting is held as soon as practicable following the President's declaration. Cultural institutions that intend to apply for disaster assistance should make every effort to attend this important meeting.

QUICK LINKS
Advice by Phone
Health and Safety
Aid for Cultural Institutions
Aid for Artists
Salvaging Family Treasures and Collections
Salvaging Historic Properties and Flood Damaged Homes
Planning and Preparedness
Response and Recovery

ADVICE BY PHONE

24/7 Disaster Assistance
Cultural institutions and the public can request free disaster advice by phone.

HEALTH AND SAFETY

Reentering Your Flooded Home (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

After a Flood (Federal Emergency Management Agency)

Health and Safety Hazard Arising from Floods (National Park Service Conserve O Gram) (276 kb) (.pdf)

Fact Sheet on Natural Disaster Recovery: Cleanup Hazard (Occupational Safety and Health Administration)
 
Fact Sheets on Natural Disaster Recovery: Flood Cleanup (Occupational Safety and Health Administration)

Fact Sheet: Clean Up Safely After a Disaster (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

DISASTER AID FOR AFFECTED CULTURAL INSTITUTIONS

Guide to Navigating FEMA and Small Business Administration Disaster Aid for Cultural Institutions (Heritage Preservation)

DISASTER AID FOR ARTISTS

Useful Recovery Links (ArtsReady)
 
Artists' Emergency Resources (CERF+)

SALVAGE OF FAMILY TREASURES AND COLLECTIONS

Tips for the Care of Water-Damaged Family Heirlooms and Other Valuables (American Institute for Conservation)

Emergency Response and Salvage app (Heritage Preservation and NCPTT)
A free app that provides practical salvage tips for nine types of collections: photographs, books and documents, paintings, electronic records, textiles, furniture, ceramics/stone/metal, organic materials, and natural history specimens. Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation) and iPad. Requires iOS 5.1 or later.

“Coping with Water Damage” (Heritage Preservation)
A 10-minute video from the Field Guide to Emergency Response.

“How to Save Wet Books” (Heritage Preservation)
Video from the Field Guide to Emergency Response and the Emergency Response and Salvage Wheel.

Disaster Recovery (Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts)

Salvaging Books (267 kb) (.pdf)
Rescate de libros (72 kb) (.pdf)

Salvaging Photograph Collections (143 kb) (.pdf)
El Rescate de Colecciones Fotograficas (161 kb) (.pdf)

Salvaging Art on Paper (185 kb) (.pdf)
El Rescate de Obras de Arte Creadas Sobre Papel (91 kb) (.pdf)

Salvage Procedures for Wet Items (Minnesota Historical Society)

Preserving Treasures After a Disaster (Library of Congress)

Water
Contamination
Mold

Emergency Drying Procedures for Water Damaged Collections (Library of Congress)

Salvage at a Glance (National Park Service Conserve O Gram)

Part I: Paper Based Collections (272 kb) (.pdf)
Part II: Non-Paper Based Archival Collections (271 kb) (.pdf)
Part III: Object Collections (218 kb) (.pdf)
Part IV: Natural History Collections (205 kb) (.pdf)
Part V: Textiles (230 kb) (.pdf)

Disaster Recovery for Films in Flooded Areas  (National Film and Sound Archive, Australian Film Commission) (30 kb) (.pdf)

“Washing and Handling Wet Film” (National Film and Sound Archive, Australian Film Commission) 5-minute video demonstration

SALVAGE OF HISTORIC PROPERTIES AND FLOOD-DAMAGED HOMES

Responding to Floods (National Trust for Historic Preservation)

Treatment of Flood-Damaged Older and Historic Buildings (National Trust for Historic Preservation)

Tips for Damaged Historic Buildings (Minnesota Historical Society, State Historic Preservation Office)

After the Flood: Emergency Stabilization and Conservation Measures (National Park Service)

Repairing Your Flooded Home
(American Red Cross) (738 kb) (.pdf)

Natural Disasters: Preparedness, Planning and Response (National Trust for Historic Preservation)

Mold Removal Guidelines for Your Flooded Home (Louisiana State University Agricultural Center) (707 kb) (.pdf)

Information for Owners of Damaged Buildings Following a Natural Disaster (North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office)

 

The Heritage Emergency National Task Force is co-sponsored by Heritage Preservation and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Heritage Emergency National Task Force
1012 14th St. NW, Suite 1200
Washington, DC 20005
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