Important Disaster Preparation Information

With the approach of Hurricane Joaquin the staff of the State Archives of North Carolina would like to take this opportunity to share some important information that you will need in the event of an emergency.

In the event of flooding, secure the area, and keep everyone out until your safety professionals allow entry. If you have any problems with damage to public records at your office, please call us as soon as you can for any advice or assistance. If you get water in your building, you have 48 hours before mold grows. You must act quickly. If you wait a month, there will be little we can do to assist you.

Please be mindful that water damaged records are extremely fragile and require careful handling. In addition, please be aware of the condition of the water that has damaged your records. If it contains waste from overflowing sewer then you should wait until you receive clearance from an authorized safety official before attempting to recover the records.

In the event of damage to your records please contact one of the individuals listed below for assistance:

Contact Information:

Becky McGee-Lankford. Head, Government Records Section

work: (919) 807-7353, home: (919) 544-0659, cell: (919) 612-0488.

Sarah Koonts. Director, Division of Archives and Records.

work: (919) 807-7339, home (919) 303-7413, cell: (919) 244-5944.

Mark Holland, Supervisor Records Analysis Unit, Government Records Section

work: (919) 807-7358, home/cell (704) 880-8287

Online resources:

State Archives of North Carolina Disaster Preparedness page on our website provides links to valuable resources including disaster response vendors as well as other online resources. Link:

Preservation Week: Initial Steps Before Recovery of Wet Records:

Please don’t hesitate to call us if you have questions.

Hurricane Fran, 1996. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.