Hurricane Florence dumped a lot of water on the Carolinas. Their lives upended by water, residents are now faced with mucking out their homes, tearing out saturated drywall, and trying to recover as many keepsakes and family treasures as possible.

Saving your valuables can be a race against the clock because mold can form within 48 hours. To help, the Heritage Emergency National Task Force, cosponsored by FEMA and the Smithsonian Institution, has developed guidelines for how to salvage what you want and dispose of what can’t be saved.

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