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Earthquakes can damage collections in many ways.Books may be tossed from shelving and papers from file cabinets. Collections may be scattered, crushed or soiled. Roofs, rooms and buildings may collapse, burying collections under furniture, beams, dirt and yard debris, or leaving collections exposed and vulnerable to wind, rain and snow.Structural collapse may cause fire damage to collections due to broken gas and power lines, as well as water damage from fire hoses and sprinklers, or broken water or sewer pipes. Collections may be recovered from fire and water damage if appropriate measures are taken. Dry collections may be salvaged and cleaned of soil, wet collections may be frozen to prevent mold growth, and broken book bindings, photographs and papers can be boxed or treated by professional conservators. In general, resources for salvage and recovery after floods apply.

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Recommendations are compiled here to provide a convenient, efficient access to key concepts for reducing risks and responding to or recovering from flood-related emergencies. These suggestions are general, and based on good practice in libraries, archives, museums, and other collections-holding institutions. They may be superseded by requirements of a specific institution or emergency, or by the instructions of civil defense or other emergency responders.

Find additional general sources of assistance at:

American Red Cross
US Geological Survey
National Safety Council

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