McCulloch Unveils Online Guide to Restore Documents After Flood

MT SECRETARY OF STATE LINDA McCULLOCH

NEWS RELEASE

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 28, 2011

CONTACT: Terri Knapp, (406) 444-2807

 

McCulloch Unveils Online Guide for Restoring Documents After Flood

"Records Recovery" @ sos.mt.gov/Records/Recovery

 

(HELENA) - Have recent floods damaged your old photographs, personal records, or other important documents?

 

Secretary of State Linda McCulloch today unveiled "Records Recovery", a new online resource to help Montana's businesses, homeowners, and government agencies protect, restore, and repair documents before and after a disaster emergency.

 

"The most important thing you can do is to act quickly," McCulloch said. "Speed is essential in preventing mold and water damage."

 

McCulloch outlined the following steps as a basic guide for records and information recovery:

 

1)  Plan - Creating and maintaining a comprehensive contingency plan is key.

2)  Backup - Essential records should be backed-up, off-site, and readily available.

3)  Prepare - Take pictures before beginning recovery; Obtain the appropriate approvals.

4)  Pack & Track - Transfer records out of danger; Record type and extent of damage.

5)  Respond -Recover essential records first; Freeze wet records within 48 hours.

 

"As floods continue to threaten Montana, it is important to have a contingency plan in place," McCulloch said. "Planning ahead shortens response time and helps to better protect records in the future."

 

The Montana Secretary of State, as provided in MCA 2-6-203, is charged with managing the State Records Center and safeguarding essential public records.

 

Records Recovery can be accessed on the Secretary of State's web site using the direct link: sos.mt.gov/Records/Recovery.

 

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Terri L. Knapp

Communications Director

MT Secretary of State Linda McCulloch

Phone: (406) 444-2807

Cell: (406) 465-2564

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Web: sos.mt.gov

 

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