2016 Southern Louisiana Flooding

Beginning on Sunday, August 14, 2016, extreme rainfall led to unprecedented flooding across Southern Louisiana. Disasters were declared in twenty parishes. 

FAIC's Heritage Emergency Programs aims to provide assistance and support to those impacted by the flooding. 

Our National Heritage Responders are available to assist with advice over the phone, or on-site support. Call 202.661.8068 to reach a member of the team. Review the team's press release about the Louisiana flooding to learn more about what NHR can do to help.

Additional content on this page provides guidance on how to salvage objects impacted by the flooding as well as relevant links for a variety of audiences.

Free Mobile Application

Long known as the authoritative resource for salvaging artifacts after a disaster, the Emergency Response and Salvage Wheel has been used by museums, libraries, and archives around the world. The FREE mobile app makes the Wheel's invaluable guidance accessible to anyone who is in need of practical advice for saving collections in the first 48 hours after disaster strikes.

Learn the basics of how to deal with water damage by reviewing this instructional video, produced by Heritage Preservation and now made available through FAIC:

Additional instructional videos from the "Field Guide to Emergency Response" are available to view on AIC's YouTube Channel. 

Have you or your institution suffered damage from the flooding? The clock is ticking to apply for public assistance. Please review FEMA's Public Assistance Program and Policy Guide to learn about the process. 

Member of the public?

FEMA offers a fact sheet titled "After the Flood: Advice for Salvaging Damaged Family Treasures" which includes advice on initial response, some simple cleaning tips, and additional resources.


ArtsReady, provides useful links to disaster-related information on their site

CERF+ is a national artists’ service organization whose mission is to safeguard and sustain the careers of artists working in craft disciplines and provide emergency resources that benefit all artists.


The Minnesota Historical Society hosts a page with Salvage Procedures for Wet Items which covers a variety of the materials you might find in a museum collection.

The National Library of Medicine's "LibraryFloods" app covers the basic steps for recovering library collections after a water event.

The Society of American Archivists Foundation has a National Disaster Recovery Fund for Archives that provides grants (~$2,000 or less) to support recovery of archival collections from major disasters. 

This video from CERF+ provides additional guidance on how to treat artwork that has been affected by mold:


Help support FAIC's disaster response and recovery efforts for Louisiana and for future emergency support in other regions. 

FAIC provides support to the National Heritage Responders for travel, lodging, supplies and other costs associated with deployment to a given disaster area.  Your contribution will help ensure that we can send volunteers to museums, archives, libraries, and other institutions to help recover damaged artifacts that are an important part of collections.

NHR volunteers use different types of protective gear or devices during their deployment, including Nitrile gloves and dust masks.  Tyvek suits, gloves, aprons, and sleeves are also necessary items needed during a response effort.  If you would like to donate these items to our NHR program, please contact FAIC Development Associate Melissa Ezelle at mezelle@conservation-us.org.  All contributions are tax-deductible.

Please consider lending your support to help recover damaged artifacts impacted by disaster, and to preserve cultural heritage.  Your contribution can go a long way to help recovery efforts.  To donate, please click the button below.

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