Recently, our Marketing and Communications Department sent out a press release concerning protecting important documents as well as themselves against disasters like hurricanes, tornadoes, etc. Since we are right in the middle of hurricane season right now, I want share some of those recommendations made in a particular press release with you about protecting your records from disaster.
Generally, when most people think about hurricane season, they think about stocking up on food, batteries and water. They don’t always realize that it is just as important to prepare all of your documents for safekeeping. We think the best way to protect valuable records and financial documents is to make two copies of everything, then store each set separately. You can then safeguard your documents by keeping one set in a fireproof box at your home and take the box with you, should you have to evacuate. The second set of documents should be stored in a bank safe deposit box or with a trusted family member that lives in a different city or state.
Another option is to store all of your documents on a CD or other electronic storage method and store securely. Remember to document the contents of your home by taking pictures or video. This will assist in proving the market value of the contents of your home, should you need to. With a little advanced preparation, you can be prepared in the event of any disaster. While some may not be equipped to act on all of our suggestions, most can take a few steps to help insure that their important documents make it through a natural disaster or otherwise.