07 November 2013

Disaster Preparedness for Genealogists -- Are you Prepared?

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Though September was National Preparedness Month, disasters are something that we always need to be prepared for, whether for ourselves, a society we belong to or an institution.  We all have in our possession invaluable items of historical and genealogical relevance.

A disaster can strike at any time and come in many guises.  Lisa Louise Cooke (Genealogy Gems) recently did a series on this topic:

She gives a lot of great advice in short digestible chunks.

A few other neat resources on this topic are:
- Is Your Family History Archive Ready for a Disaster? (Diane Haddad, Genealogy Insider)
- Save Your Stuff Blog (I found this an interesting collection of articles regarding conservation which also has relevance to preservation if a disaster were to strike)
- 7 Steps to Disaster-Prep Your Genealogy (Denise Levernick, The Family Curator)
- Emergency Preparedness (National Archives)

A key element of all of this great information is that the time to prepare for a disaster or emergency is BEFORE it strikes.  During or after such an event is “too little too late!”

Living in an area prone to hurricanes, never mind other weather-related challenges, it only took the first hurricane to really really appreciate how quickly a disaster can strike. 

Do you have any tips or additional resources we should know about?



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