Are your records secure enough to survive any disaster?

The risk of damage to records held in inadequate storage facilities, from flooding and other disasters, is one which commercial organisations too often ignore at their peril.  Especially when you consider that over five million people in England and Wales live and work in properties that are at risk of flooding from rivers or the sea.  It is predicted that water levels will rise by 70cm in the Thames Estuary alone over the next century.

In a recent case reported in Ireland hundreds of documents held in the basement of a Dublin branch of the Bank of Ireland were damaged in a flood. These included property deeds dating back to 1840, marriage certificates and war records belonging to customers, none of which can be easily replaced.

 

Our view:

“The high cost to organisations of not providing safe and secure storage for records is frequently only realised when it is too late and the damage has been done. In the worst case scenario this can mean invaluable records lost for ever and the associated costs can be incalculable.

“Don’t take chances - leave the storage of important records to the experts. Typically organisations simply do not have the time and resources themselves to manage the safe and secure storage of their records. It is a field in which Wincanton Records Management is an industry leader.”