Disaster Proofing Your Photo Collection
We never know when Mother Nature will turn on us, wreaking havoc with tornadoes, hurricanes even volcanic activity. When our homes suffer damage from these events, we can always replace material items. What can’t be replaced is that photo collection of precious memories you’ve been collecting over the years.
Rather than having your photo collection suffer the consequences of Mother Nature, plan ahead by disaster proofing your photo collection and even other memorabilia.
Disaster Proofing Tips
Back up all your digital files using the 3-2-1 rule. Keep 3 copies on 2 different media types and store 1 copy offsite.
Make regular backups. Back up your photo collection on a regular schedule so that your backup includes your most recent photos.
Store photos, video and audio on the media that seems most sensible. We recommend testing those copies at least every couple of years and consider moving it to a fresh media device every three to five years.
Save your photo collection on data that will be readable in the future and use file formats that will be accessible in the future.
Scan all printed photos and slides, then follow the 3-2-1 rule.
Store printed photos, photo albums, photobooks and negatives off the floor in case of flooding; the higher, the better.
When storing the physical items, wrap them in plastic wrap and store them in a plastic container.
After a disaster, people often pick through the mud, muck, water and debris searching for salvageable items, but it isn’t losing the materials things that truly matter. It can be very traumatic to lose that collection of photos, the physical, tangible item.
If your photos matter, start protecting them now.
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