Earthquake damages

Salvage and recovery of documents, archives and books

In cases of collapse, landslide or earthquake, archives, documents and paper material in general very often suffer partial damage that can be recovered if they are quickly removed, preventing them from being exposed to rubble, parasites, contaminants and humidity.

The scenarios in the event of collapses and earthquakes can be very varied, we can find ourselves faced with a partial failure of a structure in which the volumes and documents are little damaged, as we can find significant failures of several floors with total collapse of the main structure.

Another critical variable is the presence or absence of water damage. Often in the collapse of the structures the water systems are also damaged causing flooding that severely increase the damage suffered by the cards, or in other cases with the collapse, the documents mixed with the rubble, are exposed to the elements (humidity and rain) and to the insects.

Prodoc has a specialized team that, in addition to saving and restoring assets, is responsible for tracing the original location and conservation of the original containers.



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Damage to paper documents in case of collapses or earthquakes


  • Crushing damage (deformation, tearing, bending, etc.)
  • Presence of dust and rubble inside the books / documents
  • Any water damage
  • Unless action is taken promptly, proliferation of molds and fungi
  • Possible contamination by substances of various kinds

    Recovery of documents in the event of collapses and earthquakes: methods

    • We evaluate the intervention and rescue priorities
    • Together with the departments in charge of EDAM (parent company) we proceed, if possible, to the safety of the environments, alternatively we proceed with the demolition and removal of the rubble with preliminary sorting (when the safety conditions allow it) of the volumes / documents to be saved or follow from the piles prepared in the construction site.
    • We then recover and sort the dry documents according to the degree of damage
    • After on-site cataloging, we transport the documents to our laboratory to subject them to decontamination, dusting, aspiration and eventual deodorization treatments.
    • In case of wet documents: we immediately recover and dry those of immediate use, transporting them to our freeze drying implant
    • Meanwhile we organize the non-urgent documents for the freezing
    • After the drying process, papers are subjected to disinfection and disinfestation to prevent the development of mold or parasites
    • If necessary, the documents are smoothed, reconditioned and housed in folders with a neutral ph.

    The work process in emergency situations

    We receive the alarm following a claim:

    Our emergency number is active 24/7.

    We immediately activate our emergency teams:

    On the site of the accident we activate all the procedures useful to secure the damaged goods and to avoid any worsening of the damage occurred on them.

    We prepare the damaged material for restoration:

    After an assessment of the accident carried out by expert restorers, we examine together with the customer the best activities to undertake to prepare the material for the restoration operations.

    We proceed with the restoration activities:

    The restoration of damaged goods can be carried out directly on the site of the accident or in our laboratory.