Document and Media Disaster Recovery
Our home office is located north of the New Orleans metro area, so we know a thing or two about hurricane and flood disaster recovery for documents and film. We have assisted many courthouses in rescuing their records. We partner with one of the largest disaster recovery centers in the world and they restore everything from fire and flood damaged buildings to computer systems to paper files. This means we can rescue your records and stop the destruction of mold in its tracks.
Document Disaster Recovery Experience
In August of 2005, we were called upon to assist in rescuing the documents and records at the courthouse in St. Bernard Parish. St. Bernard Parish is a close suburb to New Orleans. It is located in the coastal marshes just northeast of the city. Hurricane Katrina brought havoc and disaster to this parish of hardworking individuals. Floods inundated the parish with over 20 feet of water. (You can read more about the unbelievable story about the parish at: https://www.legalaffairs.org/issues/January-February-2006/scene_kuriloff_janfeb06.msp)
Books and files dating back to the 1700’s were packed out of the courthouse and brought to our warehouse on the Northshore. We were able to stop the molding process by putting the water soaked records in special reclamation chambers where, over time, they were preserved using a combination of freeze-drying and heat sublimation. Are you in need of document or media disaster recovery? Contact us at 985-893-4606.
(from the experts at the National Archives http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/documents/information-management/wet-documents.pdf)
- Do not open wet volumes or close those that have fallen open
- Do not separate covers from text blocks Handle one item at a time
- Do not press water out of wet books
- Keep all documents in order
- Do not blot surfaces of documents that have water-soluble inks
- Do not allow wet photographic materials to dry in contact with one another
- Do not touch the emulsion (print) side of photographic materials
- Seek assistance from photographic conservators for further salvage and recovery advice
- Saturated Books- Stand on head on absorbent paper with covers open slightly; place absorbent paper between text block and covers; change absorbent paper as soon as it becomes wet and turn books alternately to rest on head and tail each time the paper is changed.
- Partially Wet Books- Interleave absorbent paper every 20 pages with interleaving extending beyond the head (or tail) and text block; lay book flat; change interleaving when wet.
- Damp Books -Stand on tail fanned open in a current of air; when almost dry lay book flat and place absorbent paper between covers and text block; reshape if possible; place light weight (covered in clean paper to prevent marking) on top until completely dry.
- Bound Coated Papers/ Glossy Magazines- Interleave between each page with waxed paper; damp books should be stood on their heads and fanned open; fan through pages frequently to prevent sticking.
- Unbound Coated Papers- Every sheet of coated paper should be separated from each other before drying; spread documents on table or floor and change absorbent paper beneath as it becomes wet.
- Saturated Documents- Spread documents on table or floor and change absorbent paper beneath as it becomes wet.
- Damp Documents- Flatten by placing between two sheets of absorbent paper and applying even pressure with weights until dry.
- Photographic Prints- Remove from frame or mat; place on absorbent paper with face up and change paper when wet; if print appears to be stuck to glass do not remove and dry intact with the glass side down.
- Photographic Negatives (roll or strip)- Dry emulsion side up on absorbent paper (change when wet) or hang carefully on a line with plastic clips.