Here is still another reason to scan all your family photographs and documents and then store those digital files off-site, preferably at some distance from your home. Sandra Self lost family photographs and sensitive personal information on April 27. The Catoosa County, Georgia, tax commissioner and her husband, Dennis, lost everything they owned in the EF4 tornado that killed seven of their neighbors and leveled many of their homes.
On top of the physical devastation and loss, Self and others found that important papers and personal documents had been scattered near and far, sometimes hundreds of miles. At worst, that made tornado victims vulnerable to identity theft and left some with no personal records as they tried to piece their lives together.
You can read more about this tragedy in an article by Ben Benton in the (Chattanooga, Tennessee) Times Free Press web site at http://goo.gl/ZYRUO.
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