Preserving and Salvaging Family Valuables

Heritage Emergency National Task Force

FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) and the Smithsonian Institution cosponsor the Heritage Emergency National Task Force, a partnership of 42 national service organizations and federal agencies created to protect cultural heritage from the damaging effects of natural disasters and other emergencies. Below are some links to resources that may be of help if you have damage to items like pictures and other priceless family treasures.


Save Your Family Treasures


Fact sheet: Salvaging Water-Damaged Family Valuables and Treasures


Fact sheet: After the Flood: Advice for Salvaging Damaged Family Treasures


The above two fact sheets are also available in additional languages at

Heritage Emergency National Task Force