Protect Your Property or Business from High Winds

Federal Emergency Management Agency

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has a series of articles that discuss protecting a property from high winds. Topics include installing plywood window covers, bracing gable end roof framing, reinforcing double entry doors, and removing potential windborne missiles. Each article includes tips, estimated costs, and additional resources. A chapter from Are You Ready? focuses on hurricanes. It explains the wind and storm surge at each level in the hurricane scale and provides a checklist of things to do before, during, and after a storm.

Emergency Drying Procedures for Water Damaged Collections

Library of Congress

The Library of Congress Preservation Directorate offers this useful tool to help institutions recover from water damage. It has concise information that covers air-drying of paper, books and photographs and recovery from mold.

Before the Storm: The Countdown


Lyrasis offers a checklist for things to do to prepare for hurricane season (PDF, 4 pages).

Salvage Procedures for Wet Items

Minnesota Historical Society
The Minnesota Historical Society shares salvage procedures for a wide variety of materials, including textiles, photographs, wooden objects, leather, paintings and paper.

After the Flood: Emergency Stabilization and Conservation Measures

National Park Service
The National Park Service (NPS) offers these emergency stabilization and conservation measures to take after the flood. It suggests planning methods to prevent additional damage to historic structures and to maintain historical integrity.

Rapid Building and Site Condition Assessment form

National Park Service
The NPS provides a template form to use after a disaster such as a hurricane. The document can be used to quickly assess conditions within a disaster region; it has an emphasis on historic structures. Instructions on using the form are also available. (PDF, 1 page)

Salvage at a Glance

Western Association for Art Conservation

The Western Association for Art Conservation offers a quickly readable chart that outlines priorities, handling precautions, packing and drying methods for archival materials.

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