This is a very helpful blog post about what to do with storm damaged artworks.
And here is AIC’s Tips for The Care of Water-Damaged Family Heirlooms and Valuables. Most importantly, after your safety is secured, know that a surprising number of things can be recovered, no matter how badly damaged they appear at the time. Contact a conservator for assistance and advice. I’m happy to talk with you by email or phone, and can help you find a conservator in your area.
Here, again, is contact info for AIC’s CERT program: The American Institute for Conservation (AIC), the national association of conservation professionals, is offering free emergency response assistance to cultural organizations.
* Call AIC’s 24-hour assistance number at 202.661.8068 for advice by phone.
* Call 202.661.8068 to arrange for a team to come to the site to complete damage assessments and help with salvage organization.
UPDATE: MOMA has published a great list of actions to take when first responding to water damage to collections – which things to air dry, which to attend to first, how to proceed. Very helpful.