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Disaster Recovery

When disaster strikes, act quickly to seek help with the recovery of damaged material.

It pays to plan ahead and be prepared for disasters of any size – whether a leak or a flood, a fire, or an earthquake. Preservation staff at the National Library can provide advice on how to deal with damaged items and with planning for a disaster.

After the flood

Had water damage in the recent floods? Salvage your water damaged books, paper and photographs.

Miramar student Chester Young standing on his waterlogged floor inside the living room of his flood damaged house in Ira Street.
Student standing on his waterlogged floor inside the living room, 1998. Ref: EP/1998/1539/11-F.

How can you salvage precious belongings? (pdf, 559KB)

Tips for the care of water-damaged family valuables and heirlooms

Salvage of water damaged books (YouTube, 4:10)

Download the National Preservation Office collection salvage guidelines for items that have been damaged by water (pdf, 128KB)

Helpful links

Read the Services to Schools guide on earthquake and floods

Visit the Canterbury Disaster Team website

Visit the New Zealand Conservators of Cultural materials website