A disaster can deal a debilitating blow to a local government.

When records are destroyed as a result of flood or fire damage, a government’s legal and financial status is jeopardized, as are the rights and well-being of the citizens it serves.

This leaflet explains the full range of considerations in protecting the three to five percent of records considered vital for resumption of operations after a disaster.

Included are program objectives and prerequisites, selecting vital records, and the elements necessary in program design and maintenance.

Also treated here is the relationship of vital records protection to other aspects of records management.

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