Photo Recovery

Flip-Pal-CaresThis page provides resources that the Flip-Pal mobile scanner team has accumulated for preparing for fire or water disasters, and rescuing photos damaged by water. Those disasters can be large-scale natural disasters, or everyday like coffee spills or fireplace fires.


We hope no one has to use these e-guides. It is always better to be prepared before a disaster happens. These e-quides were developed after our Flip-Pal Cares team helped with photo restoration efforts in New Jersey in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. Volunteers there recovered over 30,000 water-damaged photos using Flip-Pal mobile scanners, and over 8,000 in the Colorado floods.

Download Rescuing Water Damaged Photos e-guide Download Rescuing Water Damaged Photos e-Guide
Download E-Guide Download a list of important records or documents to have digital copies of in your Grab and Go file in case you are forced to leave your home in an emergency.
Download E-Guide Download an e-guide on how to scan various types of water-damaged and muddy memorabilia. It has short videos for 8×10″ photos, photos in frames, photos in plastic sleeves, and birth certificates.


Visit our videos page under Learn More to watch videos for rinsing and drying water-damaged photos.


Visit this blog on Do It Yourself Photo Drying Techniques

And visit this blog on why it matters to recover photos in the midst of a disaster.

And visit this blog that has all our posts in the Preservation category.


Preparing for Fire
Hostess: Mary Danielsen

Get Out Fast! That’s the first responsibility when confronted with fire at your home. Mary provides a checklist and additional resources for preparing for that. We all face the threat whether or not we are in a fire-prone area and have little or no warning. Preparation makes sense. It saves time, saves money.

Protect Your Memories Now Using 3 – 2 – 1 Hostess: Mary Danielsen

Instead of risking the loss of your family memories, what if you protected them by scanning and storing them in several places, before that disaster happens? That’s what we’d like you to consider with this webinar. The professionals in museums and libraries utilize the 3-2-1 method. Three times on two different forms of media and stored in two different locations, with one of them off-site.

Rebuilding Your Family History Following a Disaster
Hostess: Mary Danielsen

Despite the hardships from a natural disaster, others have recovered their family memorabilia. This webinar, hosted by Mary Danielsen, owner of Documented Legacy and a lead for the Superstorm Sandy photo recovery project in Union Beach, N.J., discusses the many resources you have available.

logo8-400wideMemory Preservation Coalition

Flip-Pal is a co-founder of the Memory Preservation Coaltion (MPC).
Click here to visit the MPC website.

Lost and Found ColoradoThe MPC has created a Facebook page to reconnect found memorabilia with their owners. On this site, people who find articles Find, Snap/scan, and Share. And they hope will be found Search, Identify, and Claim. The two then coordinate to pick up the article.

Click here to visit Lost and Found Colorado.

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Safeguarding Bundle
The Picture Keeper is an amazingly easy to use backup tool. The included software keeps track of previously copied images so that the next time you plug it into your computer it detects any new pictures you’ve scanned and copies them to the thumb drive! Back up all your scans and photos to the Picture Keeper and then put it in a safety deposit box at your bank. At the beginning of each month, get your Picture Keeper from your safety deposit box, plug it into your computer and it will automatically backup any new scanned items.

The Picture Keeper PK8 Bundle! includes the Flip-Pal mobile scanner, Deluxe Flip-Pal mobile scanner Carry Case, and Picture Keeper PK8.

Click here for more information and to order.