6 Reasons to Protect Photos During National Preparedness Month Revealed by ScanMyPhotos.com

Irvine, CA (PRWEB) September 9, 2010 — As an advocate for protecting and sharing photographs, ScanMyPhotos.com is urging people to have their hard copy photos, slides and film negatives digitally scanned and backed up. Being prepared means being ready for any kind of emergency, be it hurricane, utility disruption or manmade disaster. September is National Preparedness Month (NPM), sponsored by the Ready Campaign in partnership with Citizen Corps and the Ad Council. NPM is designed to encourage Americans to take simple steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses, and communities. NPM is a nationwide effort sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security’s Ready Campaign to increase awareness for preparing and to effectively deal with emergencies and natural disasters.
Companies across the nation, including ScanMyPhotos.com (celebrating its 20th year as a leader in the photo imaging industry) have registered to participate in NPM 2010. Each business is issuing an urgent recommendation to encourage people to take action and prepare for emergencies year-round. On twitter, look for the hash tag #NPM10 to follow online announcements about NPM.

"One of the most important items in every household are photographs. As the average household has about 5,500 analog photo snapshots, there is an urgency to preserve those generations of precious memories for today’s all-digital world. Photos must be protected from natural disasters," says Mitch Goldstone, president and CEO of ScanMyPhotos.com.

As an advocate for protecting and sharing photographs, ScanMyPhotos.com is urging people to have their hard copy photos, slides and film negatives scanned and backed up now.

"In support of NPM, it is important to remember that beyond gathering survival items when preparing for natural disasters such as fires, hurricanes or earthquakes one should also focus on the irreplaceable items in the home," advised Goldstone.

What is your backup plan?


It is often forgotten that in the aftermath of a disaster, your insurance will cover replacement of possessions that have a monetary value, but items with emotional value can never be replaced. Those shoeboxes of family photos tucked away in your closet or attic are often overlooked until it is too late.

"Preparing for a natural disaster is a year-round imperative. In an instant, when disaster strikes, you risk losing precious photo memories. Family photographs document our lives in a way that material items cannot. Once those photos are destroyed, that part of the family history is lost forever. Family photos, slides, negatives, VHS and other movie film formats can also be ‘lost’ due to neglectful storage, sun exposure and actual time," explained Goldstone.

Keep It Simple


Easy to order, prepaid fill-the-box bulk photo and slide scanning are available online, with same day service from ScanMyPhotos.com, along with hundreds of other featured photo imaging and picture preservation keepsakes, like photo index albums, photo restorations and Kodak-quality picture collages.

Because of new photo imaging technology, no longer do you have to individually scan every photo. That daunting task has been replaced with ultra-fast, safe and affordable bulk photo and slide scanning services performed by photo imaging industry professionals with same day return. Your photos are digitally scanned and saved onto DVDs – providing you with multiple off-site safe backups and easy access for sharing on Apple’s iPad, Apple TV, Kodak electronic picture frames and other digital devices.

ScanMyPhotos.com also recommends its custom photo restoration and secured "Extreme Backup" plan for independently preserving and archiving all your images – assuring total photo preservation.

According to ScanMyPhotos.com, the top six reasons to digitally backup your photo memories are:

  1. Offsite storage in case of a natural disaster
  2. Family divorce or relationship separations (duplicate copies solve ownership issues)
  3. Halt ongoing fading and discoloration of your older analog pictures
  4. Easy sharing of digital files and photo reprints with others
  5. Making treasured photo gifts and slideshow TV presentations for anniversaries, holidays, birthdays, memorial services and more
  6. Sharing stories and Journaling to give a real ‘face’ for family tree genealogy projects


Learn more about NPM: . (This news release is not an implied endorsement and NPM is unassociated with ScanMyPhotos.com).