With fires raging across the West, thoughts turn to the heartbreak and fear of thousands of people as they evacuate their homes. One of the few ways I can offer assistance is by providing some information about what to do next if fire damage does occur. While health and safety must come first, after a building inspector has cleared your structure, the work of recovery can begin.
Here is information from FEMA on preparedness and recovery.
Here are some very practical instructions from the Library of Congress about how to salvage your treasures.
If you represent a cultural heritage institution in the West, WestPAS can help. From their website: “Institutions are encouraged to call for assistance as soon as possible. The emergency toll-free number 888-905-7737 will connect you with a disaster response specialist. Phone consultation is provided at no charge. If phone consultation is not sufficient, on-site assistance may be arranged with a local consultant.”
The Society of Rocky Mountain Archivists has an Emergency Resources page that is very helpful.
Stay safe everyone.