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Document and Record Storage

Maybe it has something to do with the fact that I come from a long line of firefighters, but I can’t count the number of times I’ve been asked what I would take with me in the case of a fire.  I don’t know that my answer has ever been the same. Family photos, my journals, the blanket that my mother crocheted for me when I was a child. One thing is for sure, though: sentimentality tends to reign over practicality. I can be fairly certain that in the midst of a disaster, I would not be thinking about where my birth certificate, social security card, and medical records were. Those incredibly important documents would likely only come to mind long after the fact, and I would end up having to add a bunch of phone calls and applications for document replacement to my long list of things to do.

Rethinking Safe Record Storage
We’ve all heard the horror stories about how disaster can strike in an instant. We’ve heard the urgings from others about how important it is to have access to our records and documents in a safe place.  It’s incredible how many of us continue to keep our birth certificates in a drawer somewhere.  Some people make an effort toward safe record storage, keeping their documents inside Ziploc bags which they place inside heavy duty plastic storage bins in the basement. They may be protected against a certain level of water damage, but in the case of a fire or tornado, or some other disaster, they may be unable to access those records.  The standard advice used to be that you should keep your original documents in a safe deposit box. You can be assured that you will receive secure record storage, but if it happens to be the middle of the night, a weekend, or a holiday, you won’t be able to access your important documents.

Secure Record Storage
We can all agree that safe record storage is a priority. So now what? How can we make sure that our important documents and records are safe, yet easily accessible? Some NYC mini storage rentals are also offering document and record storage. At some facilities, you can store your personal and business records in a climate controlled building with modern fire control and security systems. Oftentimes, the managers live on-site to ensure safety. The best part of storing your records with Manhattan Mini Storage?  At my favorite mini storage place, the record storage facilities are open every day of the year, including holidays. Many facilities are open twenty-four hours, providing you with constant access to your records when you need them the most.

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