Disasters can refer to many things. It includes natural disasters such as floods, bushfires and cyclones, but may also refer to more localised events such as broken water pipes, roof damage sustained during storms and insect damage resulting from plagues and seasonal infestations. 


Resources

Help for water damaged items – information and resources on the website of the Australian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Materials: https://aiccm.org.au/disaster/flood

Be Prepared: Guidelines for small museums for writing a disaster preparedness plan provides information on how to recover collection items without causing further damage. It is a free online publication with step by step information, especially in the Disaster Recovery section:
https://aiccm.org.au/sites/default/files/docs/CAN_resources2014/beprepared.pdf

Conservation

Speak to a conservator
The following organisations have conservation staff that can provide flood affected museums with some information over the phone:

Hire a Conservator
The AICCM website provides a list of conservators in private practice: 
https://aiccm.org.au/need-a-conservator

 

Image: Conservation workshop: "Please do not move or touch. Experiment in Progress".