Risks to Collections Archives: Water

Treatment of Flood-Damaged Older and Historic Buildings

Treatment of Flood-Damaged Older and Historic Buildings Source: National Trust for Historic Preservation In recent years, many older and historic buildings have been affected by the heavy rains and flooding that occurred during hurricanes and tropical storms. The purpose of this booklet is to help building owners minimize structural and cosmetic flood damage.

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After the Flood: Advice for Salvaging Damaged Family Treasures

After the Flood: Advice for Salvaging Damaged Family Treasures Source: Federal Emergency management Agency (FEMA) Brochure for familys and small institutions about dealing with flooded collections. The Heritage Emergency National Task Force, a coalition of 42 national organizations and federal agencies co-sponsored by FEMA and the Smithsonian Institution, offers these basic salvage guidelines.

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Salvage Procedures for Wet Items

Salvage Procedures for Wet Items Sources: Minnesota Historical Society The information in this website includes recommendations for saving damaged family collectibles, paper, books, photographs, textiles, and ceramic, wood or metal items.

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Conserve-O-Gram 21/8 Salvage At A Glance, Part V: Textiles (NPS)

Conserve-O-Gram 21/8 Salvage At A Glance, Part V: Textiles Source: National Park Service Textiles can be quickly damaged by dirty flood waters. Textiles can increase substantially in weight when they are waterlogged, and are easily torn. Support wet textiles when they are being moved with a solid support or stretched canvas.

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Salvage Procedures (NARA)

Salvage Procedures Source: National Arcives and Records Administration (NARA) Links to guidelines for the care of some of the more common materials to be affected by a natural disaster or other emergency occurance.

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