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Records Management Resilience: Addressing Climate Challenges in the Middle East

The Middle East, a region historically known for its arid climate and historic droughts, is now facing an unprecedented environmental challenge – climate change. This global phenomenon has ushered in new era of extreme weather events, with recent rainfall in Bahrain, Dubai, Oman and other parts of the Middle East causing significant financial and infrastructure losses.

Dubai recently experienced what has been termed a “Rain Bomb,” with more than two years’ worth of rain falling on the city in just 24 hours. This event brought the city to a standstill, including temporarily shutting down its bustling airport hub. The United Arab Emirates experienced the most rain since records began 75 years ago[1], with up to 254.8mm (10 inches) of rain in less than 24 hours, and Bahrain experiencing it’s second highest rainfall in Bahrani history[2] with an average of 67.6mm (2.66 inches) of rainfall over 48 hours.

Threats to Records Preservation

Beyond their immediate impact, these extreme weather events pose a significant threat to records preservation arrangements. Many businesses across the UAE and Bahrain suffered damage to properties where crucial documents were housed. For organizations handling their own document management, understanding the potential risks is imperative.

The primary threats include:

  • Physical Damage: Floodwaters can infiltrate inadequate storage facilities, leading to damage of paper records, electronic media, and archival materials. The moisture can cause paper to deteriorate, ink to run, and electronic components to corrode. The resulting financial losses from damaged records can be substantial.
  • Data Loss: Excessive moisture and humidity can degrade digital storage mediums, resulting in data corruption or loss.
  • Access Disruption: Flooded roads and infrastructure can impede access to storage facilities, making it challenging to retrieve critical records during emergencies and affecting business continuity.
  • Structural Damage: Floods have the potential to weaken the structural integrity of storage buildings, compromising the safety of records and personnel as foundations, walls, and roofs become susceptible to damage.

In response to these significant challenges, organizations are increasingly turning to outsourcing as a strategic solution to bolster their resilience and ensure the continuity of vital information.

The Resilience of Outsourcing

By recognizing these threats and proactively addressing them, organizations can strengthen their resilience in the face of climate adversity, making outsourcing records management a strategic move that aligns with organizational priorities and ensures the continuity of vital information.

Crown Records Management offers specialized document management services with robust risk mitigation processes in place to help safeguard your crucial information. Benefits of our tailored solutions include:

  • Risk Mitigation and Disaster Recovery: Crown provides access to secure, climate-controlled facilities for physical records storage and implements disaster recovery plans to safeguard critical information, ensuring business continuity.
  • Expertise and Compliance: Crown’s expertise in compliance, retention policies, and legal requirements ensures that your records are organized, secure, and compliant, minimizing risks and enhancing data governance.
  • Cost Savings and Efficiency: Crown offers cost-effective records management services, reducing operational costs associated with in-house management through efficient workflows, optimized storage, and faster retrieval, resulting in overall cost savings. 
  • Technology: Crown invests in state-of-the-art technologies such as robust document management systems, secure cloud storage, and digitization tools, providing advanced solutions without upfront costs. Automated workflows, version control, and secure backups are integrated into your records management arsenal.
  • Focus on Core Business: Outsourcing records management allows your team to focus on core competencies, such as serving customers, innovating, or expanding, freeing up valuable resources and aligning with organizational priorities.

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As environmental change continues to present new challenges to businesses in the Middle East, it’s crucial for organizations to proactively prioritize records management compliance and resilience.

Contact our UAE team today to discuss your records management strategy and learn how Crown Records Management Bahrain can help ensure the safety of your crucial information.

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