Spring Storm: Recovering your documents

Created: 05/16/2014 6:24 PM WHEC.com
By: Brett Davidsen

Recovering from a disaster can be a daunting task, especially when you have to try to retrieve important documents and records, like birth certificates, marriage licenses, medical records, bank statements, mortgages or deeds, wills or social security cards that may have been destroyed.

If water comes flooding in as quickly as it did this week in Penn Yan and elsewhere, you may not have had time to retrieve those important documents. Replacing them can take time and energy. 

McKee Organizing Services says you need to be organized. You need to make a list of all the records you lost and find out what information you need in order to replace them. Check online first. Many agencies, like the DMV, will allow you to replace your documents through their websites. 

As your financial records, your bank, credit card companies and utilities should be able to provide you with backups. The IRS should also be able to provide copies of previous federal tax returns. Once you've replaced your documents, make copies and store them safely.


Computer hard drives may also be salvageable. You should take them to a computer expert. As for rare documents, old photographs or treasured books, there are companies out there that can save those through a professional freeze-drying process.


Ironically, one of those companies, Document Reprocessors, is located just down the road from Penn Yan.

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