- If water is pouring through the ceiling try to find the source and halt
- Turn off the main stop cock if possible
- If it is not possible cover over files and books getting splashed from the water with plastic sheeting and start to remove material at risk to a dry area
- If water is RISING through the floor start to remove lower shelves or filing cabinets
- If water is already submerging books and documents leave those in situ and start to remove those next in line for damage
- IMPORTANT check that all electricity is turned off and rubber boots are worn. There could be an electric current running through the water
- Wear protective gloves, masks and eye protectors in case of sewage contaminated water to reduce risk of contracting a water borne disease
- If the water has filled the area await pumping out then open all available windows to keep air circulating to prevent mould growth.
- Install dehumidifiers as soon as possible.
- In all cases immediately alert Document S.O.S 07850 345 154 for assistance and advice
- Do not open, unfurl or unfold anything wet
- Leave pictures in frames and do not remove glass
- Immediately separate colour photographs and lay flat colour side up
- If mould is detected cordon off area from staff
- If entry into the contaminated area is necessary ensure face mask is worn
- If the amount of mould damaged material is small then put on Personal Protective Equipment and place into a plastic bag or plastic lined box and remove mould damaged books or paperwork to an isolated area.
- Try to identify the source of the mould problem and halt
- Contact Document S.O.S immediately for advice and assistance
- There is very little that you can do pre fire other than compile a comprehensive DISASTER MANAGEMENT PLAN
- Try not to move anything at all because it doubles the amount of smoke damage
- If you do have to move something handle everything with cotton gloves
- Do not drag books off shelf, lift up to remove
- Do not wipe soot off with cloth or brush or it will rub in
- IMPORTANT identify critical information for business continuity (e.g. work in progress files) or historically unique or financially valuable