In light of the monstrous storm impacting the east coast this week, we want to remind readers of the Disaster Response resources available on the MTS website.
Following 2011's Hurricane Irene, we created two new MTS Handouts to help you deal with water damaged textiles. Both are intended to be used in conjunction with other printed resources such as the National Park's Salvage At A Glance Part V: Textiles or Salvaging Water Damaged Textiles from the AIC.
Our Salvage Chart for Wet Textiles walks you through the decision making process when rescuing textiles that are still wet from a storm, flood, or accident.
The decisions are different from those you would make when dealing with dry storm-damaged textiles, so we also made a Salvage Chart for Previously Wet Textiles. In both cases, vacuuming is an essential skill for salvage personnel, so you may also want to distribute our Vacuuming Textiles handout.
Remember that your safety is paramount, so please to not attempt to salvage any historic artifacts until the weather, the roads, and your family are in the clear.