Vital records protection

Vital records are those records containing information essential to the continued and effective operation of an organisation during and after an emergency or a disaster e.g. a prolonged electricity blackout, a serious flood, a blaze and an earthquake. Although an organisation may take precautionary measures to protect records from perils in their day-to-day operations, even foolproof measures may not prevent damage to or loss of records when an emergency or a disaster strikes. Therefore, vital records protection measures should be put in place to reduce the risks of loss of records and to mitigate the possible adverse effects on the operation of organisations during and immediately after an emergency or a disaster.

Government bureaux and departments should establish and implement a vital records protection programme in their organisations including identification, selection and protection of vital records to ensure uninterrupted operation of major business functions.