1. Move the works away from water.
2. Remove the frames if possible, as the frames will hold water against the edges of the canvas.
3. GENTLY blot the moisture from the reverse with a white paper towel.
4. If needed slide a blotter or heavy paper between the canvas and stretcher to remove as much water as possible.
5. If flaking of the paint occurs, put the painting face up to prevent loss of paint. Be sure air can circulate under the painting to prevent formation of mold. If necessary put the painting face up on blocks.
6. Do not touch the paint surface without the advice of a conservator.
TO PREVENT MOLD:
1. Keep air circulating around the paintings using fans, if possible.
2. Be sure air circulation can reach the back of the painting.
IF PAINTINGS ARE TORN OR DAMAGED:
1. Move only if necessary, with great care.
2. A conservator can give advice on the best way to prevent further damage.
www.heritagepreservation.org Useful source for advice on Aid for Artists, protecting family treasures, and more.
www.conservation-us.org Resources for artists and galleries affected by Hurricane Sandy AIC-CERT.
www.fema.gov/hurricane-sandy Apply for assistance with disaster recovery.