The Houston Chronicle reported on August 7, 2005 that A 74-year old Texas woman had lost "her clothing, her eyeglasses, stacks of old photographs and the genealogy research she'd spent 20 years collecting" when the apartment complex she lived in was destroyed by fire.
This is a reminder to me that I should be storing backup copies of my genealogy files in my safe deposit box!
It's not a matter of whether some disaster will befall those who do not store back up files off site, but when! It happens all the time. If you don't have a safe deposit box, ask a child or another relative to keep your backups at their home.
Tomorrow, I'll be making an early "deposit" at my bank!