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

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…

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…

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…