back when the Chaiten volcano erupted years ago, and we got word that the property registery / regional notary was wiped out, I looked at my wife and said, "do we have copies of all our client's titles and contracts"?41southchile wrote: ↑Sun Feb 02, 2020 8:00 pmAn architect told me a couple of months ago, that the older municipal records in Puerto Varas for businesses permissions etc are an absolute shambles, because some really bright spark decided they should all be stored in the top floor of the building. Being Chile with the maestros they produce , the building leaked and was not detected for quite a while, many of the records were water damaged and lost forever. So yeah there is a good chance if there were records there in San Antoino, they are gone forever.ghibli wrote: ↑Sun Feb 02, 2020 5:51 pmthe Municipal building in San Antonio was apparently burned to the ground late Friday. So I'm wondering how many and what sort of records were stored there. No doubt all paper files are gone, plus computers. Did they back up to another location? This is chile .... how much will this cost?
she said, "let me check".
We did. We had everyone's documents that were destroyed at the government offices in Chaiten.
We were however not actively thinking about it in terms of needing to recreate public records from a natural disaster (fires are more common) at the time.
After that, we now keep copies of everything in both digital and paper formats, in secure locations, exactly so we can simplify dealing with natural, and unnatural disasters.
Then the 2010 quake happened. I learned a few more lessons about how to improve backups, redundant communication, etc, and kept improving on the continuity plans.
Now I think I could get us backup and running anywhere in the World in a few hours, even without internet, electricity, etc.
Now everyone else in Chile? Don't know what to tell you about that.
There are procedures for recreating public records, but they are an expensive hassle if you don't have originals. we constantly have to recreate titles, birth certificates, etc from public offices that were destroyed at some point. Think our oldest was a birth certificate from a hospital that burned down over 100 years ago, and all the records were lost.