Family Archivist: Disaster Preparedness for You Photos and Heirlooms

Ask the Archivist: Disaster Management at Home 

How would your family archive fare in a fire, flood or other home disaster? Make a plan with these tips from Eric Pourchot, Institutional Advancement Director for the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC).

Q. How do you assess disasters that could happen at home?
A. Look first at threats within your home, such as pipes that might leak, backup of drains, an old roof, etc. A house fire is probably the next most likely threat, which also includes the potential for water damage. At the Federal Emergency Management Agency website, you can get informed and plan for risks in your area.