GUIDELINES IN CASE OF DISASTERS
One idea to consider if you have an original negative and a print (or
two copies of the same print) is geographical separation, meaning keeping
the films apart in case of catastrophe, such as fire or flood. Hollywood
studios frequently store their negatives in one part of the country and
their prints in another. This is only a viable option, however, if both
storage conditions are properly climate-controlled.
If your film gets caught in a flood, keep the film immersed
in cold, clean water. Bring the film, still immersed in the water, to
a film laboratory. They will be able to rewash and dry your film.
For more information on what to do with flooded or water damaged film, go to the AMIA website.