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Sunday, June 7, 2009

In Preparation For a Natural Disaster, Are Your Photos Safe?

We have all heard it a thousand times ‘be prepared for The Big One’. And ‘The Big One’ varies from area to area. It is an earthquake, a fire, a tornado, a flood or even a home robbery. We hear about it. We talk about it. And we think about it …but when it comes down to it, just how prepared are you?

September is National Preparedness Month, which is a perfect reminder to us all to put that planning into action. While we might have a few extra canned goods stored, or a copy of our insurance policies in a safe, but what about your photos? One of the most over-looked areas of preventive preservation is backing up our hard-copy photos. When disaster strikes, it is the irreplaceable memories that affect the victims the most. Your wedding album, boxes of photos your children and photos of relatives no longer living are all examples of precious items that need to be cared for responsibly.

But, sitting in front of your computer and scanning these photos one by one can a painfully slow process, even taking months or years to complete. It just isn’t realistic. Fortunately there are services like which make backing up your hard copy photos easy and affordable with their ‘speed-scan’ process.

A sturdy and secure box arrives at your home, which you can fill with your photos (approximately 2000 per box) and you return to on your own time. ( pays for postage all three ways).

Once received, the photos are professionally scanned and returned to you the same day. There are also hundreds of other photo imaging products available from You receive your original photos back and new digital DVD data discs. Request several copies to share with relatives or to store off-site in multiple locations. Order custom photo index books and literately hundreds of other photo products to share and save your special memories directly from

In addition to knowing you are preserving your family treasures you can also email photos and upload to the Internet with ease.

Don’t let ‘the big one’ win!

With, it is easy to be prepared for anything that comes your way.


These thoughts brought to you by Marcy Massura. A humorist, writer and actual customer of ScanMyPhotos. As well as a huge fan of being prepared.

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