TV News Profiles How Protects Millions of Photos from Natural Disasters

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KTLA-TV news recently featured the headquarters; offering six primary reasons to backup analog photos to digital files

“It is important to remember that beyond gathering survival items when preparing for natural disasters such as fires, hurricanes or earthquakes you should also focus on irreplaceable items including photo snapshots" Mitch Goldstone, President and CEO

Wildfires, floods, earthquakes, hurricanes and any natural disasters can wipe out an entire family’s photo memories. You can do something right now to protect your generations of pictures.

Watch this KTLA-TV news video ( for how you can protect all your photos.

During National Preparedness Month (NPM), companies across the nation, including are issuing an urgent recommendation to encourage people to take action and prepare for emergencies year-round. As a coalition member with the Ready Campaign (, is helping to educate the public about the importance of emergency preparedness to digitize photographs, slides and negatives to have multiple backups.

On Twitter, look for #NPM11 to follow announcements about National Preparedness Month. NPM is a nationwide effort sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security's Ready Campaign to increase awareness for preparing and effectively dealing with emergencies and natural disasters.

“It is important to remember that beyond gathering survival items when preparing for natural disasters such as fires, hurricanes or earthquakes you should also focus on the irreplaceable items in your home and office, including photo snapshots,” said President and CEO, Mitch Goldstone.

What is your backup plan?

It is often forgotten that in the aftermath of a disaster, your insurance will cover the 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," commented Goldstone.

Family photos can also be ‘lost’ due to neglectful storage, sun exposure and deterioration over time.

Because of new high-speed photo imaging technology, no longer do you have to individually scan every photo. That daunting task has been replaced with professional and affordable scanning. At, the charge is only $79.50 to have 1,000 photos scanned. The most popular service is purchasing pre-paid fill-the-box scanning which costs just $184 to scan about 2,000 photos and all shipping is free. Also, if a customer buys two pre-paid packages, the third is free. Using a professional service like to digitally scan and save your pictures to DVD allows you multiple off-site backups, keeping your photos secure and readily available to you.

What are the primary reasons to backup your photo memories?

According to, the six primary reasons to backup analog photos to digital files:
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 photo reprints with others
5) Making treasured photo gifts for anniversaries, birthdays and more
6) Sharing stories and journaling to give a real ‘face’ for family tree genealogy projects


Founded in 1990, is headquartered in Irvine, California. The company’s nearly 6,000 sq. ft. facility employs 18 people and digitally archives nearly one million photo images each day for customers worldwide. As longtime leaders in the photo-imaging industry, is regularly profiled by the national media for its entrepreneurial and industry-leading innovations.

Greg Barco
Director of Business Development
Twitter: @ScanMyPhotos


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