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Disaster Response
 

  
Archives retrieved from the attic of the Accomack County courthouse in 1996
Retrieved from the attic of the Accomack County courthouse in 1996, archivists and conservators could not salvage these records due to the effects of poor storage conditions and insect infestation.
 
Disaster wheel
Disaster wheel. This handy reference tool gives archivists quick techniques for salvaging damaged records.

The initial response is often the most crucial step in limiting the impact of a disaster and preventing further damage.

 
Richmond City Flood of 1886, Main Street between 13th and 15th
Richmond City Flood of 1886, Main Street between 13th and 15th. Due to topography, Richmond and a number of other localities in the Commonwealth are prone to flooding, which may impact records stored on a building's lower levels.
 
Botetourt County Courthouse fire December 15, 1970
Botetourt County Courthouse fire December 15, 1970. Following an early morning fire at the courthouse, flames and water damaged a number of Botetourt County records, especially those stored in the basement.

Fortunately, a fire-proof vault installed in the 1847 building protected some of the oldest records.

  

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