Vital Records

Help protect your family and business by keeping records of important health, financial and insurance papers.

Check and list out all of your property

Make a list of your personal property for insurance purposes. Make a list of your personal belongings. Take pictures or make a video of the inside and outside of your home. Keep your inventory list, purchase receipts, pictures/video and your insurance policy in a safe-deposit box or other safe place away from your home, or email them to yourself.

Update key documents

Get property, health and life insurance policies if you do not have them. Look over existing policies. Check the amount and level of coverage to make sure that what you have in place is what is needed for you and your family for all possible dangers.

Store documents safely

Keep copies of key papers such as insurance policies, deeds, property records and other important papers in a safe place, such as a safety deposit box away from your home. Make copies of important papers for your disaster supplies kit. Having these papers nearby should make the registration process for recovery help smoother, should you be involved in a presidentially-declared disaster.

Stash some cash

Think about saving money in an emergency savings account that could be used for any crisis. Keep a small amount of cash or traveler’s checks where you can quickly get to them in case you have to leave your home or area. It is important to have small bills on hand because ATM’s and credit cards may not work during a disaster.

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