Today I learned a friend lost all her belongings in a disaster. She has the clothes on her back and her memories. That's it.
Made me much more motivated to convert important documents to a form that won't be destroyed just because something hits my house.
I did the experiment with scanning a bunch of books - it went very well. I was immediately able to determine one of the books could be donated. As I was tossing the book into the "donate" box, a visiting child asked why I would do such a thing. It was a teaching opportunity.
Now to bed, to dream up ways of protecting my truly precious documents from possible destruction.