I had intended on posting this for reference in the event the information may be needed. Unfortunately, it would appear that Gustav and Hannah have increased the need to have this information out there.
While this post is intended for historic properties it does benefit the owners of ANY home whether historic or not when it comes to the clean up after a hurricane.
"Some tips and advice for drying out your home are:
- Natural ventilation and a SLOW drying process is the ONLY way to go. Irreparable damage can result by the use of heat forced air.
- Before beginning the process of drying out your building you must first address any health or safety concerns. Always assume that power lines are active! Even if the power is out in your surrounding area ALWAYS turn off the power to the house at the connection. You also want to check for any natural gas leaks and be sure to turn it off at it's source as well. Keep in mind that floodwaters are most often contaminated with sewage and/or animal waste. It is imperative that you protect yourself with goggles, face masks, and gloves. Everything will need to be disinfected.
- Be sure to photograph all damage to the property prior to clean up. Please refer to Hurricanes and Historic Properties for additional tips on reporting damage.
- Make temporary repairs to the propertysuch as tarps on damaged roofs and windows to help prevent additional water from getting inside the building. Some materials to consider are tarpaulin, 30- or 90-pound felt paper, and plywood covered with tarpaper. "
My thoughts and prayers are with all of my friends along the Gulf Coast.