We've seen firsthand the physical and emotional devastation that follows a natural disaster. That's how we know it's critical to develop a disaster preparedness plan for your home or business so you can be as prepared as possible. Although we can never be completely ready when disaster strikes, having a plan can significantly help throughout the rebuilding and restoration process.
While your physical safety and the integrity of your property are top priorities, it's also wise to consider the safety of your important documents. Here are a few things you can do to help save your documents before disaster strikes:
1. Know the Must-Haves
Before you can prepare, you must know which documents are the most valuable. Take a look at the following documents you'll want to save first:
- Driver's licenses and vehicle registrations/titles
- Birth certificates
- Adoption papers
- Social Security cards
- Citizenship papers
- Marriage & divorce licenses
- Military IDs
- Medical and vaccination records
- Insurance policies – homeowners, renters, life, health, etc.
- Property records – real estate deeds, mortgage documents, etc.
- Federal and state tax returns
- Credit card, checking account, and savings account numbers
- Account passwords
2. Back Up Your Files
Digitizing your files is one of the best forms of document protection, as it creates an archive you can rely on in case the hard copies are damaged. Cloud-based platforms provide a safe and easy way to upload and access your files.
3. Store Documents in Ziploc Bags
Storing important files such as social security cards, birth certificates, and other personal records in Ziploc bags can not only prevent them from being ruined in the event of a natural disaster such as a flood but may also make it easier when cleaning up water damaged areas.
Has your home or business suffered from damage due to a natural disaster such as a flood, fire, or tornado? Our highly skilled team of residential and commercial restoration specialists are available to you 24/7. Just give us a call on our emergency service line to start rebuilding your life. 877-636-6537