Don’t throw away all your treasured keepsakes that were damaged in Hurricane Matthew just yet.
Items like photos, artwork, quilts and family heirlooms might be salvageable, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, even if they were damaged in flooding from the storm.
Beaufort County Hurricane Mathew survivors can learn how to salvage their treasures directly from Smithsonian Institution preservation experts from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 10 at the Disaster Recovery Center held at 1 Town Center Court on Hilton Head Island. The experts will demonstrate how to handle, dry and clean damaged objects and share tips on personal safety, setting priorities and other preservation options.
For example, according to a FEMA news release, photographs can be rinsed gently in clean water and air-dried on a plastic screen or paper towel. They also can be hung with plastic clothespins. It is important that the image not come in contact with other surfaces as it dries. Many items can be air-dried, preferably indoors. However, high direct heat from hair dryers or irons or prolonged exposure to sunlight can cause irreversible damage. A better choice is to increase airflow with fans, open windows, air conditioners and dehumidifiers.