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Resources to Aid in Salvaging Personal Belongings
|Immediately following any type of disaster, priorities for response will naturally be focused upon such basic necessities as one’s personal health
and safety, physical and emotional well being, food, clothing, and adequate shelter. As clean-ups begin, you may discover that treasured personal
belongings have been damaged as a result of the disaster. The Georgia Archives, a division of the Office of Secretary of State, offers information and advice
for individuals seeking assistance in salvaging their personal belongings. Citizens may speak directly with the Archives' Preservation Services Manager by
telephoning 678-364-3761. Queries may also be directed to: email@example.com. Please do not hesitate to contact us for
assistance. Below are a number of resources to aid in recovery efforts for your personal belongings.
The American Institution for Conservation (AIC) is the national membership organization for conservation professionals, dedicated to preserving the art
and historical artifacts of our cultural heritage for future generations. The Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation (FAIC) provides a free
Conservation Services Referral System for members of the public interested in locating and selecting conservation services. FAIC may be reached at (202)
452-9545, or the database of conservators may be accessed online. Along with referrals, Choosing and Working With a Conservator outlines the process of
selecting a conservator for specific conservation needs.
The American Institute for Conservation has a number of online publications:
Several excellent publications including one on recovery from a mold outbreak and another on salvaging water damaged photographic materials can be found on
the website of the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts.
CoOL, Conservation-Online, has a wealth of information pertaining to disaster
preparedness, response, and recovery. Also included are detailed texts relating to salvage techniques for specific materials, such as Betty Walsh's excellent
guide, "Salvage Operations for Water Damaged Archival Collections: A Second Glance"
Conserve O Grams are short, focused leaflets produced by the Museum
Management Office of the National Park Service. Several concentrate on the salvage and disaster recovery of museum objects.
Heritage Preservation is a national organization advocating preservation of both institutional and private cultural collections. Consult
their Heritage Emergency National Task Force for information on salvage and disaster response. Their Emergency Response and Salvage Wheel has been
distributed to tens of thousands of institutions.
The Minnesota History Center offers information on salvaging a variety of materials as part of its repository’s disaster preparedness plan. It
includes information about archaeological materials, books, inorganics (ceramics, glass, metal, and stone), leather, magnetic media, microforms,
organics (bone, hair, horn, ivory, shell), paintings, paper, photographs, records albums, scrapbooks, textiles, vellum/parchment, and wood.
SOLINET’s Preservation Services website has a variety of helpful
leaflets on disaster planning and recovery, as well as online publications, product discounts, and videos. Although their focus is on institutions, much of
the information will apply to individuals. They also have a searchable database of services and vendors, as well as informational leaflets in Spanish.
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