For many who've lost their homes and loved ones in the oklahoma tornados, the process of rebuilding will be a long and difficult journey.
The sudden disappearance of cherished mementos and important documents is sure to make the process harder.
But a growing number of people are relying on digital storage services, known as 'the cloud', to protect themselves.
While companies have used off-site data storage, for years, as a security precaution... consumers are keeping pace.
Some estimates suggest more than a trillion gigabytes of data is stored in 'the cloud', and IT experts say it can be a valuable tool
University of Houston IT security chief, MAry Dickerson, says, "It's good to have a location where you know that everything that you have is also there, that makes it easier for you to recreate the things that are important to you."
Before choosing a cloud service, read the fine-print in the terms of service so you know what kind of data you can store, who has access to it and what the provider's responsibilities are to maintain it.