Collections Salvage and Recovery

Introduction

After an emergency event, re-entry into storage rooms may be delayed by dangers in the building such as structural instability, electrical hazards, the presence of hazardous materials in floodwater (see “Re-entry”), or by external hazards such as icy driving conditions, downed electrical wires and debris in the roads.  Personal safety is the first consideration in all emergencies.  Even after being given permission by first responders to re-enter, personal safety equipment may be needed.

Taking the correct steps in salvaging collections immediately after an emergency will maximize recovery efforts.  This section offers information on:

For more information on salvage techniques by material type visit the Materials Specific section of this site.