During a disaster, you may have only a few minutes to escape, and taking valuable possessions with you might not be possible. However, you can take steps to protect the valuable documents you will need to rebuild your life after the disaster. Here are useful tips to help keep your valuable documents safe from disasters.
What To Do To Keep Important Documents Safe
- Take an inventory of all your important documents. Consider using a software application to help you to organize information more quickly. The number of documents may be large, so take your time to organize all your important documents into categories, such as:
- Household identification. The documents needed to identify yourself and your family include IDs, birth, marriage or divorce certificates, passports, driver’s licenses, pet ownership papers, etc.
- Financial and legal documents. These can include a wide array of documents, including mortgage agreements, credit cards, vehicle loans, insurance policies, utility bills, tax statements, etc.
- Medical documents. Medical information can vary greatly from person to person and may include health insurance, prescriptions, disabilities documentation, or contact information for doctors.
- Keep all your physical documents in one place. Should a disaster occur in your home, you might have time to take valuable documents with you if you keep all of them in one container.
- Store documents either at home in a safe, filing cabinet, or lockbox that you can take with you in case of a disaster. Make sure the container is waterproof and fireproof and that you keep it in an easily accessible place. Alternatively, store documents in a safe deposit box at a bank.
- Make paper copies or duplicate originals of all your key documents to have a backup solution if your original documents get lost, damaged, or destroyed. Store the copies in a different place than where you keep the originals.
- Create electronic copies of each document and store them in a secure online cloud storage service, a CD, or a portable storage device. Use a scanner or go to a copy center to create your collection of electronic documents. Obviously, electronic files can’t be affected by fires or floods, but be sure to protect your storage device and remember the password to your storage account.
Call Your Local PuroClean Office for Disaster Restoration Services
You can take these steps to keep you documents safe before a disaster strikes. If you property is damaged, and you are in need of professional fire, water, and mold restoration services, contact your local PuroClean office.