Flood and Water Damage

Outline for a Flood Preparedness Exercise

Conservation OnLine

Conservation OnLine (CoOL) provides Outline for a Flood Preparedness Exercise was developed for staff training at Stanford University Libraries. It lists action steps for books, flat paper, non-print materials, and electronic storage media. It discusses recovery for minor and major emergencies.

After the Flood: Emergency Stabilization and Conservation Measures

Conservation OnLine

Conservation OnLine (CoOL) provides After the Flood: Emergency Stabilization and Conservation Measures is a technical leaflet written by the Preservation Assistance Division of the National Park Service. It notes that historic structures are often needlessly lost and damaged through hasty clean-up procedures. The leaflet suggests planning methods to prevent additional damage and maintain historical integrity.

Protect Your Property or Business from Flooding

Federal Emergency Management Agency

The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) How To Series discusses waterproofing exterior walls, protecting electrical and HVAC systems, and installing sewer backflow valves. Each includes tips, estimated costs, and additional resources.

FloodSmart

Federal Emergency Management Agency

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) offers the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), flood hazard mapping, and protecting utilities from flood damage.

Emergency Drying Procedures for Water Damaged Collections

Library of Congress

The Library of Congress offers Emergency Drying Procedures for Water Damaged Collections. It provides a quick reference of immediate steps to be taken for books, framed items, paper documents, and photographs.

Salvage Procedures for Wet Items

Minnesota Historical Society

The Minnesota Historical Society shares quick reference sheets with recovery procedures for wet items. Procedures are provided for 21 types of materials, including leather, textiles, paintings, scrapbooks, and archeological artifacts.

Elevation Design Guidelines

Mississippi Development Authority
The Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) prepared the Elevation Design Guidelines in collaboration with the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, and historic preservation commissions representing historic preservation interests in Coastal Mississippi. The Guidelines include the process for owners of historic residential properties to access grant and forgivable loan monies available through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Emergency Salvage of Wet Books and Records

Northeast Document Conservation Center

The Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) offers a technical leaflet that addresses emergency salvage of wet books and records.

Flood Cleanup

Occupational Safety & Health Administration

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) provides a series of flood cleanup resources. The resource examine potential safety hazards, effective clean-up and ways to protect individuals from flood-related harm.

Salvage Operations for Water Damaged Archival Collections

Western Association for Art Conservation

The Western Association for Art Conservation provides the article Salvage Operations for Water Damaged Archival Collections, which discusses recovery methods and cites sources.

Salvage at a Glance

Western Association for Art Conservation

The Western Association for Art Conservation provides Salvage at a Glance. The quickly readable chart outlines priorities, handling precautions, packing methods, and drying methods for archival materials.

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