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Critical damage is more likely in buildings where there has been fast-flowing water (for example, on hillsides or close to a breached dam), where the water level inside the building is (or was) more than 1m high, or if the load-bearing walls are made of raw earth. In this case, ask for the help of a structural engineer to assess the structural damage or the need for structural stabilisation actions before pumping out water. • Remove mud and debris, as they trap moisture and slow down the drying process. Do not wait for mud and debris to dry. Mud is safer and easier to remove when wet. • Avoid cleaning solutions, which trap moisture or obstruct its movement within historic materials. • Remove wet carpets and floor/wall coverings. • Move furniture away from walls and remove items hung on walls, to accelerate the drying process. Refer to post-event evacuation on page 80. • If possible, remove metal elements that are in contact with wet plaster to avoid staining and rusting. • Ensure the openings you need for drying out the building are not blocked in any way. For more information, refer to Toolkit, page 92. 9 Designate and set up spaces to work and for the temporary storage of cultural heritage objects, fragments and decorative elements. Security and stabilisation 77 Other security and stabilisation actions With the help of your team, gather the necessary supplies and implement other pre-identified security and stabilisation measures. These may include: • Post-event evacuation • Salvage • Emergency stabilisation of historic structures See the following sections for detailed descriptions of each of these actions. You may have to implement multiple security and stabilisation measures at an affected cultural heritage site. Post-event evacuati