These last few days in SC have brought record breaking rain and floods. We are used to preparing for hurricanes on the coast but rain of this magnitude was not imagined.
Property has been damaged, homes flooded and families evacuated. Watching the scenes play out in my neighborhood and throughout the state the question kept coming to me. What if it was me? What if the water in the road comes up any higher?
What have I done to prepare?
What do I need to take with me?
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Of course, my priority would be my family, pets and fireproof box along with food and water.
My genealogy road has been a long one with thousands of pictures, documents, ephemera and heirlooms collected over the years. What about all of those treasures? Could I get them all out?
The answer is probably no. There are too many and in most disasters, time is of the essence.
Thankfully, the rain has subsided, and the sun is out. There are rivers still to crest, but my home should remain safe. Today is a day to think about preparing for a time when it might not be.
Computer- My data is saved in the cloud, on a portable hard drive and on flash drives. Continually backing up and keeping copies of computer files in various places will protect many years of work.
File Cabinets- My family files are slowly being scanned.There are many years of email communication, documents and notes on my family lines. These files would be too heavy to take in an evacuation. Scanning will preserve the information held in each. These cabinets are kept on the second floor of my home to keep them away from high rising water.
Pictures-Pictures from many generations are in a to -do box for scanning and then filing. Work on it has been slow. Although in an upstairs room, water coming in through windows or other places would have destroyed them. Completing the scanning process needs to be a priority as well as finding a safe, waterproof container to keep them in.
The pictures that I have already scanned need to be protected. They are placed in archival sheets, but this may not be enough.
Heirlooms-Jewelry, furniture, clothing, toys and other items have been given to me over the years. A collection of family bibles is very precious to me. The majority have been photographed. Most are in glass cases. All would not survive a natural disaster.
Ephemera-Those precious collectable items like ticket stubs, and scrapbooks. The extra things found along the way that give rich detail to our ancestor's lives. Again, scanning is a good way to make sure they are preserved for future generations.
Does your emergency planning include your genealogy and family history? How are you preserving your treasures?
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