Offsite storage and protection of vital records is an important aspect of business continuity planning. Vital records can be defined as irreplaceable records that can only be replaced after significant effort, expense and delay. This article describes important considerations related to the safety of vital records and the evaluation of offsite storage alternatives.TYPES OF VITAL RECORDS Vital records can include several media such as:Paper documents Disks Microfilm Cassettes Microfiche CD ROMs Optical disk DVDs Magnetic tapes Photographic material Other media
Evaluating Offsite Storage AlternativesWritten by Geoffrey H. Wold and Tina L. Vick
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