The December deluge destroyed or damaged art and valuable documents in homes and studios in Laguna.
In 1993, fire was the culprit.
In 2005, a landslide.
At least some, if not all, of the destruction could have been avoided, according to Scott Haskins.
Haskins, a fine arts conservator and author, talked last week at the Festival of Arts about what folks can do to protect their treasures from natural or man-made disasters and what to do if it happens. His expertise was the springboard for his book, "How to Save Your Stuff From a Disaster," which can be purchased at http://www.saveyourstuff.com.
"After the Northridge earthquake, I got a request to write a pamphlet on how to take care of stuff," Haskins said. "Forty-two million were distributed. Someone said, 'Where's the book?' I said I am a conservator, not a writer. And that is how the book got written."
As a conservator, Haskins has been a consultant for organizations that include the General Services Administration of the U.S. government, the Shroud of Turin project, the historical department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Getty Conservation Institute. His firm routinely collaborates with insurance companies in responding to accidents.