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…

Wildfire Records Preparation and Recovery

By Bret Adams and Angela Ossar, Government Information Analysts Central Texas has endured record-setting temperatures for weeks this summer, and is now receiving national attention as numerous devastating wildfires sweep across the landscape. Protecting government records from a large-scale disaster such as wildfires is a matter of planning. We offer below a refresher on the…

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…

Hurricane Season Records Preparation

We are entering hurricane season and it is a good time to do a risk assessment and analysis of your work area and records storage area regarding your records and information.  You’ll be primarily dealing with natural threats or hazards.  Look at environmental and physical factors.  Excessive temperature and humidity can easily and quickly damage…