In the event of flood or water damage in your facility, the following is recommended for Paper Documents*:
Documents should be air-dried flat, as individual sheets or in small piles up to ¼”. Interleave documents prior to drying and replace interleaving materials when they become damp. Do not unfold or separate individual wet sheets.
If items are too numerous for air-drying:
If documents cannot be dried within 48 hours, freeze them until action can be taken. Freezing stabilized collections stops mold growth, ink running, dye transfer and swelling. A sub-zero commercial freezer is best, but a home freezer will work. A refrigerated truck will also keep materials cool enough to slow mold growth.
*Excerpt from Emergency Response and Salvage Wheel™, ©2005 Heritage Preservation, Inc.