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Recovery

Carrying out the salvage process to ensure operations return to normal quickly

Disaster recovery plan

This follows the initial response when the building has been made safe and secure. The main goals are to minimise long term damage to the building and collection, record any damage that has occurred, and recover as much of the collection as possible and return the building to normal.

Provision for salvage and storage

Salvage should begin rapidly; if parts of the premises are safely accessible valuable objects can be removed immediately. The work of removing precious objects to secure, pre-designated salvage areas should be carried out by trained personnel. The sooner any restoration work begins the greater chance to limit the damage.

Arranging treatment

In larger locations with a team response, one member should be placed in overall charge. With the necessary knowledge to make an initial appraisal of the condition of each object they should have contact details of specialist care experts. Treatment of damaged objects is a matter for trained professionals only, if you are in doubt about the condition of a damaged work seek advice from a conservator.

Returning the building to normal

When the salvage operation is over the next step is to get things back to normal. Even where there has been no structural damage this may take time – for example, fans or dehumidifiers may need to be used to reduce and stabilise temperature and humidity. It’s important to address all the contributory causes of the disaster to minimise the possibility of similar future events.

Download our template on a Recovery plan.

Ecclesiastical Insurance Group plc (EIG) Reg No 1718196. Ecclesiastical Insurance Office plc (EIO) Reg No 24869. Ecclesiastical Life Ltd (ELL) Reg No 243111. Ecclesiastical Financial Advisory Services Ltd (EFAS) Reg No 2046087. Ecclesiastical Underwriting Management Ltd (EUML) Reg No 2368571. E.I.O. Trustees Ltd Reg No 941199. EdenTree Investment Management Ltd (EIM) Reg No 2519319. All companies are registered in England at Beaufort House, Brunswick Road, Gloucester GL1 1JZ. EIO and ELL are authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority. Firm Reference Number 113848 (EIO) and 110318 (ELL). EFAS and EIM are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Firm Reference Number 126123 (EFAS) and 527473 (EIM). EUML is an appointed representative of EIO who is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority. Firm Reference Number 402228.