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

Garbage can and rubber gloves iconCheck 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!



Personal Safety

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


 You can buy these at a hardware or home improvement store

View the “Protect Yourself!” PPE video.

icon for Protect Yourself! PPE video link

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)

General Clean Up


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


Plastic clips or clothespins


Scrub brushes, mops, buckets

Tables, sawhorses

Walkie talkie

Wet/dry vacuum cleaner


Garbage bags


Polyethylene sheeting

Rags, paper towels


Tape (duct)


Triage + Salvage


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

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