09 September 2017

Recovering Water Damaged Documents, Photographs & Heirlooms

Recovering Water Damaged Documents, Photographs & Heirlooms

As our thoughts are with those affected by Harvey and as Irma approaches and many still recover from previously devastating storms, let’s take a moment to share some resources to help you or loved ones or friends salvage water-damaged documents, photographs, heirlooms, and more.

The reminder to disseminate this information initially came from The Heirloom Registry reposting some information provided by Maureen Taylor (The Photo Detective) that pointed to a post from the Galveston Historical Foundation, Flooded & Wet: DIY Heirloom Recovery.

Though we cannot always predict a catastrophic storm or protect everything from damage, do take a moment to think about disaster preparedness both for yourself (personal safety) and for your irreplaceable objects.  Are you prepared? Our 2014 post, Even now records are at risk to be lost ... Fires, flooding, theft, etc., are NOT just something that happened to our ancestors! provides some resources to help you prepare for a future unknown disaster.

If a disaster has struck and you have water damaged heirlooms et al, here are some resources that might help:

·        Disaster Response & Recovery (American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works)
·        Salvaging Water-Damaged Family Valuables and Heirlooms (Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration (FEMA))
·        8 Steps for Protecting Water-Damaged Photos (Ancestry.com blog)
·        Preserve Your Stuff After Water Damage (Library of Congress)
·        Resources for Conserving Flood Damaged Photos, Antiques and Heirlooms (South Carolina State Museum)

We hope that you never have to experience a disaster and if you do, and you are safe (most important of all), all is hopefully not lost regarding your “stuff,” as there are ways you might successfully recover any water-damaged valuable documents, photographs, and heirlooms.

What other resources for recovering water-damaged photographs, heirlooms and more are you aware of?

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