Tropical Storm Irene passed through New England on Sunday leaving parts of Vermont flooded and personal collections water-damaged. It is important to attend to paper-based materials quickly to prevent mold growth, however recovery of damaged materials should never be attempted if personal safety cannot be assured.
The following are useful resources for disaster recovery of books and paper-based collections:
- Dartmouth College Library Preservation Services FAQ: How to dry a wet book and what to do about mold.
- Heritage Preservation: How to Save a Wet Book, video instructions for rinsing dirty and muddy books, drying damp & wet books as well as freezing books (a great technique if there are many books and little time to dry them all).
- Northeast Document Conservation Center: Emergency Salvage of Moldy Books and Paper.
- Finally, the Library of Congress offers information about recovering from a disaster.