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The Power of Resilience in a Time of Uncertainty

Permission Consult the relevant stakeholders and secure permission (preferably in written form) for the salvage operation and relocation of the salvaged objects to a safer temporary location, on-site or off-site. Prepare 1 Inform the team: gather the team that will be involved in the salvage operation and: • ensure that all team members understand which areas of the site are off-limits; • explain the workflow of the salvage operation; • elect a group leader, who will supervise the entire salvage operation. Divide people into sub-teams and allocate roles according to level of expertise and interest in the task. Tasks include documentation, recovery of objects, triage, stabilisation, packing, transportation, logistics and communication. If you do not have enough trained people available for the operation, take the time to train volunteers to assist with tasks that do not require specialist knowledge. 2 Gather supplies according to the type of objects to be salvaged, the type of damage incurred, and nature of the hazard event. For example, if the affected objects are made of organic materials and are wet and soiled, materials such as polyester mesh will be required for handling and drying. Use the findings of the on-site damage and risk assessment to select the supplies that you will need. For a general list of salvage supplies, refer to the Toolkit page 70. 3 Prepare the space: set up an area for performing stabilisation treatments and ensure that each workstation has sufficient space for treating the number of objects affected. Each workstation should focus on one type of treatment. For example, do not perform wet-cleaning and drycleaning treatments on the same workstation, as you will risk contaminating wet objects with additional dirt, or risk getting dry objects wet, causing more damage. 92 First Aid to Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis | 1. Handbook 4 Document: prepare a system for documenting and tracking the objects to be recovered. The documentation system should include three main components: a. A system for recording the location from which the objects are to be recovered. If you have access to the floor plan, use it to identify spaces, using the numbering system given on the floor plan. If the numbering system on the plan is unclear or inconsistent, create new location codes. See how to create a location code in the Toolkit, page 42. b. If the building or structure has partially or completely collapsed and the objects are under a layer of debris, lay a grid to map the location of objects. The grid can be made as small or large as required. For multiple areas of debris at different locations within the same site, create as many grids as necessary and assign unique numbers to each grid. Then locate them on a single site map that indicates North. In the case of large archaeological sites, involving salvage at multiple locations, the grid can be plotted on a map linked to a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) tool. For more information see Toolkit, page 11.