Saving your family heirlooms after severe weather

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Lindsey Tugman

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Friday, April 07th 2023
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Following the recent severe weather, Arkansans are dealing with the aftermath, trying to clean up what's left of their homes and their belongings.

If you have damaged family heirlooms or other personal belongings and don't know how to save them, there is information available to help. 

The Heritage Emergency National Task Force (HENTF), a public-private partnership between FEMA and the Smithsonian Institution, is supporting response and recovery efforts of Arkansas’ arts & culture sector – and the public.

There are several options for help in dealing with the aftermath of the recent severe weather: 

· Cultural institutions and arts organizations affected by the storms and tornadoes can call the National Heritage Responders hotline: 202.661.8068. The National Heritage Responders, a team of trained conservators and collections care professionals administered by the Foundation for Advancement in Conservation, are available 24/7 to provide advice and guidance.  

· Members of the public who have questions about saving family heirlooms can email the National Heritage Responders at [email protected]  

· HENTF’s Save Your Family Treasures guidance is available at Save Your Family Treasures | Here you can find the downloadable FEMA fact sheets “After the Flood: Advice for Salvaging Damaged Family Treasures” and “Salvaging Water-Damaged Family Valuables and Heirlooms,” available in multiple languages. 

· Arkansas Severe Storms and Tornadoes public notice is available at 4698 |

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