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Record effects of a disaster on intangible heritage

Military personnel, firefighters and search and rescue teams are often trained to perform emergency structural stabilisation. However, they may lack an understanding of historic structures and their specific collapse mechanisms, so, wherever possible, seek the advice of a structural engineer and a conservation architect. Emergency responders can also facilitate and assist post-event evacuation and salvage operations. In situations where access is limited or structures are unsafe, military personnel or firefighters could help to rescue objects using specialised equipment. For large-scale implementation, volunteers and members of local communities should be actively involved and trained on-site to perform specific security and stabilisation actions under supervision. Such actions may include documentation, transportation of objects, sorting debris, preparing shores, and making inventories. Each emergency is different and requires a tailored response. Therefore, it is vital that even trained volunteers receive some guidance to implement specific actions. Nonetheless, in order to provide timely and consistent first aid, it is essential to train cultural heritage professionals, emergency responders and volunteers before a disaste