State Records Center

 Author: Michael Shea Frequently Asked Questions, and Some Questions that have never been asked about the State Records Center. Here are the answers to some of the FAQs I get from customers and some others that I just made up. How many records do you store there? This answer changes every time I hear the…

Are you prepared for Mr. Murphy?

Murphy’s Law. Simply stated: if anything can go wrong, it will. In the world of emergency preparedness, it’s not a matter of if something goes wrong but when. You may have noticed some recent incidents around the country involving flooding, power outages, and tornadoes. Once health and safety issues have been handled, what happens to…

Emergency Management Summit recap

Every once in awhile we have the opportunity to explore an area that’s related to, but outside the traditional scope of, records management.  As our agency’s Continuity of Operations (COOP) Coordinator,  I attended the Emergency Management All Hazards/Stakeholders Summit in Houston 6 December to learn some tidbits to implement or at least consider in our planning efforts.  The audience…

How To Recover Records Damaged By Mold

Closely associated with water damage is mold damage, a by-product of excessive moisture and temperature (and air, a food source, and surface to grow).  As with water damage to your records, you may want to contact a vendor to assist with recovery and salvage efforts. First determine if the mold is active or dormant.  Look and…

What To Do About Water Damaged Records

Folks in Laredo and other areas in South Texas recently have had to deal with flooding and there’s a strong possibility of some of their records being damaged.  What do you do if this occurs to you?   Well, is the water clean, salty, or potentially contaminated?  You first want to know the nature of the water.  Emergency authorities…

Disaster Recovery Resources

With hurricane season underway and Hurricane Alex (as of 30 June) headed north toward the southern tip of Texas, hopefully you have your emergency management plan in place, your vital/essential records identified and protected, and those records backed up and stored off-site (recommended at least 30 miles from the originals). Should you get hit by Alex…