21 August 2013

Emergency Response and Salvage Wheel : There's an App for That

Given that we are entering the highest activity portion of hurricane season for coastal South Carolina and with all the rain causing ground saturation, potentials for flash flooding, and flood levels in area rivers, this message from Heritage Preservation addressing how to salvage family and cultural heritage materials damaged by flooding, fire, or hurricane may prove of immediate and practical use: 

Heritage Preservation’s Emergency Response and Salvage Wheel is available free of charge as a mobile app. The app, ERS: Emergency Response and Salvage, is currently available for Apple, Android, and BlackBerry users.

Long known as the authoritative resource for salvaging artifacts after a disaster, the Wheel has been used by museums, libraries, and archives around the world. The 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.

ERS provides the same reliable content found in the original Wheel. The app outlines critical stages of disaster response and provides practical salvage tips for nine types of collections, from photographs to natural history specimens. ERS can help users protect precious collections and significant records, access reliable information instantly, and save damaged objects. The app was created in partnership with the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training.

The original slide-chart Wheel was created by Heritage Preservation, a national non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the cultural heritage of the United States. It has been translated into six languages and distributed internationally in more than 40 countries. The original Emergency Response and Salvage Wheel, sponsored by BELFOR, is still available for purchase at Heritage Preservation's bookstore.

Visit http://www.heritagepreservation.org/wheel/ to download the version that will work with your mobile phone. 

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