Heritage Emergency National Task Force shares resources for salvaging damaged family valuables and heirlooms

The Heritage Emergency National Task Force, a partnership of 42 national service organizations and federal agencies, which is co-led by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Smithsonian Institution, is reaching out those affected by flooding in the Southern and Central plains. When floodwaters recede, the hundreds of thousands of people affected by the flooding in the Southern and Central Plains will be left with the task of recovering. Available resources include: After the Flood: Advice for Salvaging Damaged Family Treasures; Salvaging Water-Damaged Family Valuables and Heirlooms; and the free ERS: Emergency Response and Salvage app. Cultural institutions should keep the 24/7-hotline number handy (202-661-8068) for access to the National Heritage Responders, a team of trained conservators and collections care professionals who are available to provide advice to cultural stewards. Additional response and recovery resources can be found on the Heritage Emergency National Task Force website.

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