‘Tis the season for storms…and other hazards to your records

Flooding in Austin May 25, 2015 (KXAN News)

Flooding in Austin May 25, 2015 (KXAN News)

What crazy weather we’ve lately had in the Central Texas area. Severe storms, tornado warnings, and flooding in numerous cities including San Marcos, Houston, Wimberley, and Austin, with 70 counties declared in a state of emergency as of May 29. What should you do to ensure you’re prepared and your important information is protected from such incidents? What if your records are affected by such natural emergencies and disasters?

June is the start of the hurricane season for this part of the world. I don’t have to tell anyone from Texas, Louisiana, or along the Gulf Coast of the importance of this time of year.  Names like Rita, Katrina, and Ike probably all come to mind. As for preparation of your records and information, we have presented and archived several free webinars on this topic under Disaster Preparedness. All you need to do in order to access and view them is create an account.

If you have experienced water damage to records from flooding, whether flash flooding or storm surges, you may want to contact records recovery experts. We previously posted an article on information pertaining to a question about a statewide recovery/restoration contract.  You may also refer to the TXMAS list of various contracts courtesy of the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts.

I presented a workshop hosted by the Austin ARMA chapter on June 10 entitled “Are You Prepared For Mr. Murphy?” Well, are you prepared?

Be prepared, stay safe, and protect your information and records.

3 thoughts on “‘Tis the season for storms…and other hazards to your records

  1. Sherry, it’s imperative to do something rather than nothing. You may not have the resources (space, money, staff, etc) to do everything you’d ideally like to do, but you should take what measures you can to mitigate possible risks. Suggest viewing some of our archived webinars on disaster preparedness and records storage and preservation.

  2. Thanks for your suggestion, Bret. But you may misunderstand me. I do trust that our goverment and some individuals make extraordinary efforts on this problem……I just sometimes feel so strengthless when I face for the disaster. It’s a really bad experience that you know it’s coming but you have no idea how to deal with it……

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