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Providing information, education, and training to build knowledge, develop skills, and change attitudes that will lead to increased independence, productivity, self determination, integration and inclusion (IPSII) for people with developmental disabilities and their families.

Document Imaging

File Security from Natural Disasters


Fort Worth Disaster
2000 Fort Worth Texas
(Reprint courtesy of the Star-Telegram.)
North Carolina Fire
2009 North Carolina, Chatham Co.
(Tar Heel Daily video)
1997 Grand Forks, North Dakota, Red River
Flood and Fire
(Bill Alkofer photo)

In 2009 during a renovation project, a historic Chatham County, North Carolina courthouse lost historical records when a welder's spark quickly became a major blaze. The fire destroyed a third story and clock tower and caused extensive water and fire damage. In 1997, one city block in Grand Forks, North Dakota was destroyed by fire when the spring flooding of the Red River made it impossible for fire fighters to fight the burning swatch of downtown. Tornados hit Forth Worth, Texas and wills, tax forms, checks, FBI files and paper records of all types were spread by winds that reached 113 mph.

Records are the lifeblood of many businesses and organizations, and while document imaging offers easier access and greater security, it also keeps files safe from the unpredictable effects of weather. When basic operating procedures call for off site storage of digital files, storm damaged businesses, organizations and government departments can often resume core operations in hours, rather than weeks or months. Imaging has proven to be a worthy investment.

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