Protecting your property - Hurricane Survival Guide

Keep vital documents close at hand. If you have to evacuate, you’ll want to take necessary and hard-to-replace documents. 

Here’s a list of what should be in a waterproof, lockable container you can easily grab:

  • Checkbook, savings account passbook
  • Safe deposit box key o Birth, death and marriage certificates, divorce decree
  • Will and power of attorney
  • Social Security card and records
  • Military records
  • Medical records (living will, health care surrogacy, etc.)
  • Insurance policies
  • Health insurance cards
  • Retirement account records
  • Recent pay stubs, in case you have to document employment to collect benefits
  • Tax returns
  • Car titles and registrations
  • Mortgage deeds or rental agreements
  • Warranties and receipts
  • Credit cards
  • Passports and green cards
  • Food stamps, WIC or other benefit cards and paperwork
  • List of important phone numbers (relatives, bank and insurance company)
  • Device on which you back up computer files just before you shut down the computer and evacuate
  • Home inventory (on paper, device or video; you should keep another copy in a safe place)
  • A few family photographs or other memorabilia
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