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Russell Karkowski: Flood Stories

Russell Karkowski

It Came As a Big Surprise

Furniture maker Russell Karkowski talks about his work and the 2008 flood that affected his region and damaged his studio.

About the Flood

Furniture maker Russell Karkowski talks about his work and the 2008 flood that affected his region and damaged his studio.

 Russell Karkowski:  About the Flood

 It Came As a Big Surprise

 Furniture maker Russell Karkowski talks about his work and the 2008 flood that affected his region and damaged his studio.


Russell Karkowski

We Depended a Lot on Volunteers

Furniture maker Russell Karkowski talks about the role of volunteers in recovering from the flood that affected his Iowa City studio in 2008.

Volunteers

Furniture maker Russell Karkowski talks about the role of volunteers in recovering from the flood that affected his Iowa City studio in 2008.

 Russell Karkowski:  Volunteers

 We Depended a Lot on Volunteers

 Furniture maker Russell Karkowski talks about the role of volunteers in recovering from the flood that affected his Iowa City studio in 2008.


Russell Karkowski

A Flood is Toxic

Russell Karkowski talks about the dangers of the toxic materials in flood waters that submerged his studio.

Toxic Flood Water

Russell Karkowski talks about the dangers of the toxic materials in flood waters that submerged his studio.

 Russell Karkowski:  Toxic Flood Water

 A Flood is Toxic

 Russell Karkowski talks about the dangers of the toxic materials in flood waters that submerged his studio.


Russell Karkowski

Every Storage Situation is Different

Furniture maker Russell Karkowski talks about locating suitable storage space before and after a flood.

Disaster Storage

Furniture maker Russell Karkowski talks about locating suitable storage space before and after a flood.

 Russell Karkowski:  Disaster Storage

 Every Storage Situation is Different

 Furniture maker Russell Karkowski talks about locating suitable storage space before and after a flood.


Russell Karkowski

You Can Only Do What You Have Practiced

Russell Karkowski talks about the value of preparedness.

Preparedness

Russell Karkowski talks about the value of preparedness.

 Russell Karkowski:  Preparedness

 You Can Only Do What You Have Practiced

 Russell Karkowski talks about the value of preparedness.


Russell Karkowski

You Don't Have to Be a Victim

Iowa City furniture maker talks about dealing with stress following the flood that affected his studio in 2008.

Stress

Iowa City furniture maker talks about dealing with stress following the flood that affected his studio in 2008.

 Russell Karkowski:  Stress

 You Don't Have to Be a Victim

 Iowa City furniture maker talks about dealing with stress following the flood that affected his studio in 2008.


Russell Karkowski

SBA Assessment Gave Us Proof of Damage

Russell Karkowski talks about his damage assessment by the Small Business Administration.

SBA Damage Assessment

Russell Karkowski talks about his damage assessment by the Small Business Administration.

 Russell Karkowski:  SBA Damage Assessment

 SBA Assessment Gave Us Proof of Damage

 Russell Karkowski talks about his damage assessment by the Small Business Administration.


Russell Karkowski

Russell Karkowski studio in Iowa City, raising machinery before flood
Machinery blocked up before flood

Russell's Iowa City furniture studio that he shares with furniture maker David Naso was flooded in June 2008 by widespread floods that affected much of the midwest.  Fortunately, he was in town at the time of the flooding and was able to make some last-minute preparations that kept the damage from being much worse than it was.  Even so, the studio suffered considerable loss to property and to productivity.

No stranger to disaster, Russell had lost a previous studio to fire.  He has shared his experiences and considerable insights into both the physical and emotional aspects of disaster recovery as well as the importance of preparedness in this set of short video clips.

The interview from which these clips are drawn took place at the Iowa Artisans Gallery in Iowa City, Iowa in June 2009, one year after the flood. popup

 

These videos are also indexed in relevant sections of the Studio Protector Online Guide.  To see more of Russell's work see this page at the Iowa Artisans' Gallery.

  

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