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Equipment and Supplies for Clean Up and Salvage

Stained Glass Artist Patrick Clark + volunteers wear protective gear after Hurricane Sandy in Rockaway Beach, NY

Check out what you have on hand for clean up and salvage, then make a list of other supplies and equipment you’ll need to borrow/purchase; this will be a time saver so you can keep work flowing smoothly. Having the right protective gear and sanitary supplies for you and those helping you are paramount to working safely!


Protective Gear (“PPE” Personal Protect Equipment”):

  • Boots (rubber, or leather safety-toed)
  • Gloves (disposable latex, nitrile, rubber, and leather)
  • Hard hat
  • NIOSH-approved respiratory mask
  • NIOSH compliant respirator (for lead)
  • Overalls (disposable) or TYVEK suit
  • Plastic aprons
  • Splash-proof goggles
  • Bandana

 You can buy these at a hardware or home improvement store

View the “Protect Yourself!” PPE video.

First Aid + Rest Station

  • Drinking water (1 gallon/person/day)
  • Plastic cups, plates, utensils
  • First aid kit
  • Eyewash kit
  • Sanitary supplies (antimicrobial soap, alcohol handwash, and disposable wipes)


  • Clothesline or nylon rope
  • Cordless drill and charger
  • Emergency lighting
  • Extension cords (heavy duty)
  • Fans and/or dehumidifier(s)
  • Flashlights and batteries
  • Garden hose with adjustable spray attachment
  • Hygrometer
  • Plastic clips or clothespins
  • Pumps
  • Scrub brushes, mops, buckets
  • Tables, sawhorses
  • Walkie talkie
  • Wet/dry vacuum cleaner


  • Garbage bags
  • Plywood
  • Polyethylene sheeting
  • Rags, paper towels
  • Screws
  • Tape (duct)
  • Tarps


  • Old towels, sheets, bed pads for absorbing water and padding out work tables
  • Natural bristle brushes for removing dried mold and dirt
  • Vacuum cleaner with HEPA filter for removing dried mold and dirt
  • Cotton swabs and soft cloths for wiping dried mold and dirt off smooth/hard surfaces
  • Small tools (hammer, pliers, nail pullers, scissors, screw drivers, staple gun)
  • Duct tape, packing tape, strapping tape

Hardware/home improvement store

  • Fiberglass window screening to make drying screens and/or as protection when vacuuming dried mold
  • Nylon string and plastic clothes pins to hang photos and slides (by the corners), CD and durable papers, prints, etc.
  • PVC pipe or styrofoam to cut up support blocks to dry paintings
  • Kiddie pool(s) for rinsing or holding clean wet items
  • Plastic bins for sorting and/or rinsing as well as holding and transporting
  • Sponges for blotting, all sizes
  • Mineral spirits for removing dried mold from wood
  • Absorbent toweling (can be rinsed, dried and reused)
  • Gardening filter fabric (100% spun polyester)for carrying wet artwork, for stuffing out wet textiles and isolation layer from table tops
  • Sheet of Plexiglas for carrying large wet paper or textile or smaller sheets as rinsing support for wet paper
  • Plastic sheeting or house wrap (Tyvek) to partition/quarantine dry from wet items

Fabric store

  • 100% polyester batting for stuffing out textiles or putting under painting for support as it dries face up.
  • Cotton tying tape for securing loose elements
  • Sweater drying frames for air drying

Grocery store

  • Styrofoam meat trays (all sizes) to sort small objects or to secure broken item
  • Wax paper, parchment paper or freezer paper for preparing book covers, artworks or photos for freezing.
  • Paper towels for absorbing water
  • Distilled water
  • Small plastic cups to hold screws, labels, etc. can be marked with a Sharpie marker
  • Ziploc bags, all sizes, to keep CDs, audio tapes, VCR tapes wet if already soaked
  • Office supply store
  • Bubble wrap for supporting and stuffing
  • Unprinted newsprint or large roll of plain white paper to cover salvage tables and work surfaces.
  • Paper tags for ID
  • Sharpie markers for writing on packaging
  • Milk crates for packing out items to be frozen
  • Clipboard and yellow pads
  • Masking tape and strapping tape for closing boxes hanging up signs