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Why Homeowners In Orlando Need Vital Record Recovery Plans

Jul 31, 2008
People all over the country are running all the time and few ever think what would happen if adversity such as a flood, hurricane or similar natural disaster struck and one's documents got water damaged. There have been numerous cases of water disasters occurring in Orlando, Florida as well as other cities and states and homeowners ought to stop, take notice and make a Vital Records recovery plan. Most large businesses have them so why not the average homeowner?

Water damage is not the only damage that can harm paper documents such as birth certificates, bank statements, etc. Fire and even wind can lead people to a similar, chaotic situation. Even non-paper media such as computer disks and tapes, CDs etc need to have the same type of planning.

Documents that most homeowners relish to retain intact are usually bank or mortgage records, personal photographs, or records of religious and other personal achievements. Even day-to-day documents need to be available post a natural disaster. In the case of homeowners, even if records are not available there is usually some remedy to recover the information. Businesses on the other hand do not have that luxury. Most likely, their documents are their client's information or if they are a government office, the data is personal. Businesses can and be indeed be penalized if they do not safeguard these precious items.

Homeowners and businesses of every order should review their documents and have a list of critical and non-critical items. A bit of preparation now could save someone from having to call in professionals should they not be able to recover records that are, in most cases, soaking wet.

For the City of Orlando, all the documents or files (paper of computer) specified as personal need to be recovered. Hospitals also need to retain patient information records for HIPAA compliance so they will need to restoration. When you are compiling the list be sure to remember that computer disks, USB sticks, CD's are "documents" for water damage restoration planning. Be sure to make sure you have the right equipment to read the document media. It is not always paper that you will be dealing with.

Have all the documents/files labeled properly so it is not a problem to determine which ones are vital. In the case of a business, the documents are usually those important to a specific job responsibility. For a homeowner, the definition is looser and it is more subjective.

Put the labeled document files in metal cabinets that can be locked every day and keep them off the ground story as anything on the floor will be destroyed by water. Other liquids can do the same harm too so be careful with the lists of documents that you create. Most Orlando homeowners make multiple copies and keep at least one sealed in the middle of the lot.

When it is time to recover, a video camera or a regular camera should be handy so you can have pictures of all the devastation you encounter immediately as you enter the premises. This will assist with your insurance claims. Have a lot of insurance that specializes in water injury to documents if you live in flood prone areas similar to Orlando or other Florida cities that sit a sea level. If water damage is not excluded, you will be in a good position to have professionals restore those documents and water-damaged records.

As you read this, immediately create an emergency kit in a waterproof box. In it put items like towels, cleaning supplies, tarps, emergency numbers, and stash it in a position that is up and out of the way. When a disaster includes water damage, you will be glad you did.
About the Author
Richard Barthallo's life experiences has made him a legend with Water Damage Restoration Orlando. He has assisted or advised on many Water damage Orlando emergencies.
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