The Joplin Museum Complex is trying to ensure family memories, like photos, are preserved before they are a total loss.
Museum Curator Chris Wiseman says saving the memories of Joplin families is important as many people affected by the tornado have been in the city for generations.
Wiseman says the museum is acting as the contact point and is able to advise which services people should seek, since each piece is dealt with on a case by case basis.
Wiseman also says, "It's really going to be more of the things that are going to be more personal value than a monetary value and like I said we're not talking about making something brand new and pristine we're talking about trying to save an item from total destruction."
Wiseman thinks it is best to contact the museum to make an appointment before you take your damaged photos, books, wooden furniture or other mementos to be salvaged.