Stay Ahead of Storm Season with Tips from Epson to Digitize and Organize Important Photos, Documents and More

Epson Offers Quick and Easy Solutions for Protecting Treasured Family Heirlooms

The official start to the 2024 hurricane season was June 1, 2024. And while the United States did not see much activity in the first month, this year, NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), predicts a very high likelihood (85% chance) of an above-normal Atlantic hurricane season, with 17-25 named storms (average is 14), 8-13 hurricanes (average is 7), and 4-7 major hurricanes (average is 3).

NOAA’s GOES-16 satellite captured Hurricane Idalia approaching the western coast of Florida while Hurricane Franklin churned in the Atlantic Ocean at 5:01 p.m. EDT on August 29, 2023.

While painful and devastating, houses can be rebuilt, and many belongings can be replaced; however, family photographs and documents often cannot be recovered – the billions of dollars in damages do not account for these irreplaceable and priceless memories. To help you be better prepared, we thought it would be a good idea to repost some tips offered by Epson, including digitizing and organizing important photos and documents.

“Many people have lost their cherished photographs during natural disasters. When someone is forced to flee their home due to a fire, flood, or earthquake, the last thing he or she is going to think of is to grab their old photos. Sadly, most get left behind, and decades of family history are destroyed in a matter of seconds,” said David Hawkes, product manager, Scanners, Epson America, Inc. “Epson designed a scanning solution to tackle the daunting task of digitizing boxes of photos. Epson’s easy-to-use FastFoto®FF-680W scanner scans hundreds of photos in minutes, making it easy to share instantly online, on a computer, or on a mobile device. Ultimately, this solution digitally preserves the priceless photos in case of a natural disaster.”

You can learn more about the FastFoto 680W Photo Scanner by reading our complete review here.

The following are tips for getting ahead of the upcoming storm season:

Pack and Prepare

Storms, wildfires, tornadoes, and more can occur at any time. It is crucial to prepare ahead of time by finalizing emergency plans with family and roommates, including dividing up valuables to grab and go. Consider creating an encrypted USB drive with important photos and documents to store in your ‘go bag’ and update annually. The Department of Homeland Security also has a checklist for building disaster kits and ‘go bags’ as well as tips for emergency plans and communication.

Preserve and Organize Treasured Memories

Stay ahead of natural disasters by preparing early and using technology to digitize and preserve important photos and documents. With the Epson FastFoto FF-680W scanner, users can scan thousands of photos – as fast as one photo per second at 300 dpi3 at up to 36 photos per batch, reducing the time spent scanning from weeks or months to just hours. In addition, users can scan photos and documents up to 8.5” wide as well as Polaroid photos and panoramas. Furthermore, Epson’s unique FastFoto software restores faded photos with auto image enhancement and organizes scanned photos by date, year, season, and/or decade, making specific memories incredibly easy for the entire family to find.

Create and Manage a Digital Inventory of Valuables

In addition to digitizing priceless photos and documents, families can also protect their homes and belongings by keeping an up-to-date digital inventory of family documents, insurance records, photos, and passwords. While no one is ever fully prepared for a loss during natural disasters, taking steps to create and manage a digital inventory, and keep multiple copies in safe locations outside of the home, can help reduce stress in the aftermath. While this may also seem like a never-ending project, it is a worthwhile investment of time in the event a catastrophe occurs.

Be Alert

Check the local jurisdiction to opt-in or sign up for text and email systems for severe weather alerts in the area. In case of an emergency, officials will send out texts and emails about the events. The National Weather Service offers a list of alternative weather alerts here

While natural disasters are unpreventable and usually unpredictable, families can take measures to reduce risks, protect the home, and keep everyone safe by preparing before emergencies strike.

About Epson

Epson is a global technology leader dedicated to becoming indispensable to society by connecting people, things and information with its original efficient, compact and precision technologies. The company is focused on driving innovations and exceeding customer expectations in inkjet, visual communications, wearables and robotics. Epson is proud of its contributions to realizing a sustainable society and its ongoing efforts to realizing the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

Led by the Japan-based Seiko Epson Corporation, the worldwide Epson Group generates annual sales of more than U.S. $10 billion. 

Epson America, Inc., based in Long Beach, Calif., is Epson’s regional headquarters for the U.S., Canada, and Latin America. To learn more about Epson, please visit: You may also connect with Epson America on Facebook (, Twitter (, YouTube (, and Instagram (

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3 Based on average speed from start of scan to end of feeding, scanning thirty-six 4″ x 6″ photos at 300 dpi in landscape orientation. Results may vary based on processor speed, memory, and operating system of the connected computer.

EPSON and FastFoto are registered trademarks and EPSON Exceed Your Vision is a registered logomark of Seiko Epson Corporation. All other product and brand names are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective companies. Epson disclaims any and all rights in these marks. Copyright 2019 Epson America, Inc.

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This article was originally posted in 2019 and has been updated with current information.

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