Audio Guidance: Preparing, Responding, and Recovering from an Emergency
What Can I Do To Prepare, Respond, and Recover From An Emergency?
Proper storage is the best defense against disaster. Basements and attics, the most common storage areas in homes, are more likely to experience the effects of a weather emergency. Basements flood and roofs leak.
Audio and video materials should be stored on a climate-controlled floor of your home, in breathable plastic containers, and in an area that is not exposed to large swings in temperature. Avoid storing your materials in a non-climate-controlled basement or on the floor where it could be exposed to water. Damp conditions may accelerate conditions such as vinegar syndrome or encourage mold growth on the materials. More information on storage can be found in the Storing Physical Copies section.
Quick Tips for Disaster Recovery
Should a disaster occur, how you best respond will depend on the type of media. Below are links to recovery and response methods from Preservation Programs at the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) for common audio and video media types, and a link to general information.
- Emergency Recovery and Response: Phonographic Discs
- Emergency Recovery and Response: Magnetic Tapes (Audio, Video and Data Storage)
- Emergency Recovery and Response: Optical Media CD/DVD
- Emergency Recovery and Response: Electronic Media - Hard Drives