Photos Must Be Protected From Natural Disasters, Says

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(Irvine, CA) Expanding on the theme of National Preparedness Month (NPM), one company is not waiting until the annual September event to issue an urgent recommendation to encourage people to take action and prepare for emergencies year-round. NPM is a nationwide effort sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security’s Ready Campaign to increase awareness for preparing and to effectively deal with emergencies and natural disasters.

As an associate member of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO), is urging people to have their hard copy photos scanned and backed up now. president and CEO, Mitch Goldstone, said that “In advance of National Preparedness Month it is important to remember that beyond gathering survival items when preparing for natural disasters such as fires, hurricanes or earthquakes one should also focus on the irreplaceable items in the home.

What is your backup plan?
It is often forgotten that in the aftermath of a disaster, your insurance will cover replacement of possessions that have a monetary value, but items with emotional value can never be replaced. Those shoeboxes of family photos tucked away in your closet or attic are often overlooked until it is too late.”

“Preparing for a natural disaster is a year-round imperative,” explains Goldstone who said, “In an instant, when disaster strikes, you risk loosing precious photo memories. Family photographs document our lives in a way that material items cannot. Once those photos are destroyed, that part of the family history is lost forever. Family photos can also be ‘lost’ due to neglectful storage, sun exposure and actual time. Printed photos will never last forever, they have a very real shelf-life and they deteriorate a little more everyday. Making digital copies slows this process and also preserves them when faced with a natural disaster.”

Because of new photo imaging technology, no longer do you have to individually scan every photo. That daunting taste has been replaced with ultra-fast and affordable bulk photo scanning using Kodak technology and performed by photo imaging industry professionals with same day return. Your photos are digitally scanned and saved onto DVDs allowing you multiple off-site backups. also offers its secure Extreme Backup plan for independently archiving all your images assuring the client total photo preservation.

According to, there are several reasons to back up your photo memories during National Preparedness Month:

1) Off site storage in case of a natural disaster.
2) Family divorce or relationship separations (duplicate copies solve ownership issues)
3) To halt the ongoing fading and discoloration.
4) Easy sharing photo copies with others.
5) Making treasured photo gifts for anniversaries, birthdays and more.
6) Giving a real ‘face’ to a family tree genealogy project.

Los Angeles based CBS -KCAL Channel 5 News wanted to know more about this process, and recently featured showing every step in the speed-scan process from the company’s California headquarters.

Background: The history of and affordable bulk photo scanning services: Founded in 1990 as a boutique retail photo center, the company is headquartered in Irvine, California. Today, and its digital imaging retail photo center also operates a nationwide online photo ordering service that regularly makes national news for its leadership, entrepreneurial innovations and super-fast service. The company provides hundreds of photo imaging services. Years ago, the division commercialized a new type of ultra-fast Kodak photo scanning technology to safely digitize and preserve tens of millions of millions of photo snapshots. Popular Photography called a “leader in digitizing prints,” the company has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, and USA Today. Click to read David Pogue’s Personal Tech review in The New York Times.
The National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) is the leading professional organizing authority dedicated to helping individuals and businesses bring order and efficiency to their lives. NAPO helps individuals or businesses conquer clutter and chaos with advice and insight on organizing as well as a way to connect with the most valuable organizing resource of all——the professional organizer. NAPO provides a variety of courses, business resources, and networking opportunities, especially through its
annual conference and educational teleclasses. is a NAPO associate member.

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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

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.
Marcy Massura. A humorist, writer and actual customer of ScanMyPhotos. As well as a huge fan of being prepared.
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.
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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.


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