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Data Survival Tip for the Preparedness-minded

I recently purchased and received my copy of John ‘Lofty’ Wiseman’s book entitled SAS Survival Handbook: The Ultimate Guide to Surviving Anywhere. So far I have to admit, the content is suburb thus far. For some unexplainable reason I cannot get past the first chapter though. My mind has quite an appetite for the information in the first chapter . . . though I’m betting that I’ll get past the first chapter once I retain the most important bits. I’ll also have to let you know my overall opinion of the book once I get through all of it.

However, when I went through the first chapter for the first time, I wondered why backing up data wasn’t considered a necessity to survival? While I agree that data isn’t absolutely necessary for survival I think that it plays an ever increasing role in our lives today. Data needs to survive just like we do. For instance, what about our precious genealogy, family photos, home videos, and financial records? Well, those aren’t necessary for survival but I do believe that they make our lives easier and more fulfilling. Genealogy helps us understand who we are and where we came from. Family photos and home videos preserve precious memories. And financial records can help us set goals and see where we’ve come from and where we want to be.

In an earlier post, I suggested that if you can’t afford to lose all of your personal data, then you ought to develop a more detailed backup plan. An overall backup plan includes storing your data on at least three devices in three different geographically distant locations. So my question is why shouldn’t part of your data survival plan include your 72 hour kit? Well, I think that it should. If you have to leave your home in a moments notice, wouldn’t it be nice to have a copy of all your important data on an external storage device? You would be able to preserve all of your genealogy, photos, videos and financial records. Think for a moment how much grief you would save yourself if you had simply had a copy of your stuff in your 72 hour kit.