Today California woke up and the state was on fire. Northern California, Southern California, dry weather and high winds lead to dangerous conditions across the state. NBC News reports at least 6 major blazes ongoing today and the aptly titled news aggregator site whereiscaliforniaonfire.com lists 5 major and 7 minor blazes at the time of writing. Wildfires are nothing new of course and there is a reason many in California have begun calling fall “fire season”, a combination of dry brush and high winds make times like this particularly hazardous.
With these fires in mind, climate change, PG&E’s poor maintenance records, reduction in federal funds to manage California’s forests where 57% is federal land, and other increasing risk factors it is important to consider how fire may affect your business and if your documents are protected against fire.
According to to a 2018 report by FEMA from 2014 to 2016, an estimated 100,300 nonresidential building fires were reported each year which led to $2.4 billion in property losses each year. In their analysis stores & offices accounted for 18% of nonresidential fires and storage facilities 16%. 26% of all dollar losses were associated with nonresidential fires occurring in stores and offices.
While alarms and fire suppression systems are great at preventing loss of life in more cases than not, the water, foam, and chemicals typically used to fight fires are detrimental to many of the important documents stored there, that is if there are fire suppression systems at all, as the same FEMA report found that 80% of storage facilities lacked fire suppression and alert systems altogether.
The Best Protection for Data Loss is a Solid Backup Plan
Instead of storing your most important business documents in a filing cabinet or closet, you can have electronic copies instantly saved in an electronic archive. Document Scanning converts your physical paperwork into digital data, which you then can store in multiple remote locations, so no matter what Mother Nature throws your way, your important business document are safe and secure.
Having a solid backup plan is an article in itself but if you are interested digitizing your documents TierFive is here to help. Check out TierFive Imaging today or give us a call at +1 (626) 988-6855 for a free consultation about how we can help you with your documents.
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