FEMA to host heirloom preservation expo

Jon Wilcox By Jon Wilcox

Oct. 12, 2017 at 9:42 p.m.
Updated Oct. 13, 2017 at 6 a.m.

A Smithsonian Institute expert explains professional museum preservation methods at a FEMA-hosted event in Rockport on Wednesday.

A Smithsonian Institute expert explains professional museum preservation methods at a FEMA-hosted event in Rockport on Wednesday.   Contributed photo for The Victoria Advocate

Hurricane Harvey devastated Crossroads homes and infrastructure, but the storm also destroyed residents' irreplaceable mementos, heirlooms and other treasured valuables.

"Whenever you are in an event like this, you are taking things you worked for all your life and you are putting them out at the curb." said Rita Egan, Federal Emergency Management Agency spokeswoman. "It's almost a grieving process."

But Harvey survivors can learn how to mitigate damage from water, mold and other hurricane-related conditions by attending a FEMA-hosted educational expo featuring Smithsonian Institute museum experts.

That event is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday at the Disaster Recovery Center at the Dr. Pattie Dodson Public Health Center, 2805 N. Navarro St.

Visitors are welcome to stop by at any time during the event to learn preservation methods from professional museum curators or an educational mobile device app.

Attendees will learn how to use those methods to save damaged personal belongings such as family photographs, waterlogged books, important documents, wedding dresses, artwork and quilts.

"We are here to help people get back on their feet and provide them with opportunities at every step," Egan said.


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