Preservation and Archives Professionals

General Public

Preparing before an emergency strikes can help minimize damage whether from a minor plumbing leak or a catastrophic natural disaster. When an emergency does occur, effective response and recovery actions can help you preserve your personal papers, documents, photographs, objects, and family treasures.

Respond and Recover

Respond as soon as it is safe to enter the area after an emergency and Recover records or cultural property damaged by the emergency.

Immediate Response

Recover

Water encountered during an emergency may be contaminated. The most common and dangerous contaminants in water are salt, chlorine and sewage. Contaminants, especially sewage, may require special health precautions. Follow advice of your local health officials. Protective gloves/clothing must be worn at all times when handling contaminated materials.

 

Information by Media Type

Paper (unbound documents, maps, drawings, posters)

Photographs and Film (prints, negatives, sheets and rolls)

Bound Volumes (books, periodicals)

Audio and Video (tapes, disks)

Electronic Media (hard drives, diskettes, CDs)

Artifacts

 

Prepare

A major disaster can strike at any time, endangering precious cultural property and leaving archival holdings vulnerable to damage and destruction in many forms.A pro-active rather than a re-active approach to disaster preparation is the best means we have of mitigating damage from natural disasters or other forms of destruction.

 

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