In a May 25, 2015, NPR Morning Edition story “Families In Houston Begin Cleaning Up After Devastating Floods” the host Carrie Feibel states… FEIBEL: “Could it be fixed? Rebecca just didn’t know. There’s no road map for a natural disaster, no app that tells you what to do first, then what to do next. Rebecca said it was hard to feel organized when she had no answers. She wasn’t even sure when she would get answers.”
Actually there is an App for that, Emergency Response and Salvage app outlines critical stages of disaster response, such as stabilizing the environment and assessing damage. It also 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.
This app was developed by NCPTT based on Heritage Preservation’s Emergency Response & Salvage Wheel, a well-respected cultural heritage protection tool. While these tools are a great resource, sometimes more help is needed.
Fortunately, for Texans the University of Texas at Austin’s iSchool has set up a help line and is planning workshops to help those with flooded documents and heirlooms. More information about this can be found here.
Flooded institutions such as library and museums can also contact the Collections Emergency Response Team of the American Institute for Conservation for help and guidance.
More information about various resources for damaged collections and architecture can be found on the NCPTT Disaster Page.