Mudslides can damage collections in many ways. Book shelves may be pushed over and books, papers, and photographs dropped, broken, scattered and covered in mud. Mud may be contaminated with debris, can leak into drawers, and can lead to mold growth, as well as cause bleeding of inks and staining. When mud dries, it can become caked on materials, in some cases making it more difficult to remove without further damage to collections. However, it may be possible to salvage, dry, or clean wet and damaged collections. In general, resources for salvage and recovery after floods apply.
Recommended links for flood-related emergencies are listed below:
- Response to Floods and Water Damage for Libraries, Archives, Museums, and Other Repositories - provides extensive guidance for preparedness, response, and salvage.
- When the Waters Rise - summarizes key steps in flood response.
- Quick Reference: Disaster Response and Recovery - provides information for immediate use by institutions and individuals faced with collection salvage and recovery.
- Video demonstration of how to wash CDs
- Video demonstration of how to wash audio cassettes
- Video demonstration of how to wash video cassettes