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Water Damage Recovery:
Resources Available from State Archives

Many state archives provide resources and tools to help local governments, historical societies, and other archival repositories salvage historical records damaged by water. This damage may result from hurricanes, flash floods, pipe breaks, roof leaks, and fire fighting, among other causes.

The list below was drawn together quickly to help states respond to the 2005 hurricanes. Additional resources from state archives are listed in our general disaster planning and recovery directory. Many of the state archives sites also list national and regional organizations that provide disaster assistance.

Most state archives can also provide advice to organizations working to recover from disasters. You can find contact information in our directory of state archives and the directory of state archivists.

Alabama

Hurricane Katrina Records Recovery Information
http://www.archives.state.al.us/whatsnew/prkatrina.html

Includes:

"Air-Drying Wet Records Volumes or Other Books"
http://www.archives.state.al.us/ol_pubs/govrec41.html#Drying

"Surviving Your Next Hurricane: How to Protect and Salvage Vital Records" http://www.archives.state.al.us/ol_pubs/govrec22.html

Ask the Archivist: "Where can I obtain quick access to emergency response and salvage information?"
http://www.archives.state.al.us/ol_pubs/nwsltr9.html#Ask

Disaster Recovery Vendors
http://www.archives.state.al.us/whatsnew/disastervendors.html

Florida

Disaster Recovery for Public Records Custodians, Archives and Libraries
http://dlis.dos.state.fl.us/disasterrecovery/

Includes:

Disposition of Unrecoverable Public Records

Records and Document Recovery Techniques (PDF chart)
http://dlis.dos.state.fl.us/DisasterRecovery/records
_and_document_recovery_techniques.pdf

Disaster Recovery Vendors

 

Georgia

Emergency Advice
http://www.sos.state.ga.us/archives/how_may_we_help_you
/emergency_advice/default.htm

Includes:

Emergency Response Tips for Wet or Damaged Objects
http://www.sos.state.ga.us/archives/how_may_we_help_you/
emergency_advice/emergency_response_wet_damaged_objects.htm

Mitigating Potential Hazards to Materials and Individuals Following a Disaster
http://www.sos.state.ga.us/archives/how_may_we_help_you/
emergency_advice/mitigating_potential_hazards.htm

 

Minnesota

The Minnesota Historical Society provides instructions for salvaging a wide range of historical materials and artifacts at
http://www.mnhs.org/preserve/conservation/emergency.html

Also included:

Re-entry Checklist (what to do before going back into a damaged site)
http://www.mnhs.org/preserve/conservation/
reports/disaster_checklist.pdf

Disaster Salvage Tip Sheet
http://www.mnhs.org/preserve/conservation/reports/
disastertipsheet.pdf

Initial Situation Report
http://www.mnhs.org/preserve/conservation/reports/
situation_report.pdf

For additional resources, see disaster planning and recovery directory.