In the last few months, so many of our friends and family have been displaced by natural disasters. It’s heartbreaking on every level to see families forced to leave their homes, sometimes at a moments notice. Like many of you, I’ve been feeling overwhelmed and wondering how I can help during this difficult time. It’s not much but my contribution is to begin a discussion about protecting your photos from natural disasters.
How are you protecting your family photos?
When I think about all the photos that the last few weather events have destroyed, I could just cry. Those are items that no insurance policy can replace. Once they are subjected to water or smoke they are seriously damaged.
The number one action you can take to protect your family photos is to get them digitized. A quick web search in your area “digitize photos” will give you lots of local options. If you are comfortable with technology, have a photo scanner, and want to do it yourself, that is a great option. If you want the advice of a professional organizer APPO and NAPO have amazing professionals who live for helping. Lastly, you can use on online service. I’m leery of most of those but I have used Fotobridge in the past and they were wonderful.
Bottom line: To protect your irreplaceable family photos–get them digitized.
After your photos are digitized there are a number of ways you can protect them: cloud service, thumb drives, CDs, external hard-drives. It depends on how much you want to spend and how comfortable you are with technology. I’ve put together a list below of products that can help keep your photos safe.
Please take this time to get your photos digitized and preserved. It is well worth the investment to know that your family history is safe.
|Photo Scanner||Picture Keeper||Fire-Proof Safe||External Hard-Drive||Fire-Resistant Bags|
|Pro: Easy to use, compatible with PCs and Macs, front Screen lets you see image||Pro: Easy to use, prevents duplicate images being saved, portable, easily placed in safe for even more protection||Pro: Fire & water resistant, large size can fit multiple sizes of photos, AFTER FIRE REPLACEMENT GUARANTEE: |
*In the event of a fire SentrySafe will replace your fire-resistant product to help get you back on your feet
|Pro: Easy to use, portable, easily placed in safe for even more protection||Pro: Easy to use, fire/smoke/water resistant, portable, easy to place in safe for even more protection|
|Con: Only one photo at a time. Only scans print photos not other media types (slides, negatives)||Con: Easy to lose, can be damaged by heat or water||Con: not portable, more expensive than other options listed||Con: can be damaged by heat or water, easy to misplace||Con: only one size|