As we know, there are many scenarios that could cause us to have to either hunker down or bug out at any moment. Extreme weather is probably the most likely one. But there are a variety of other circumstances, including an epidemic or pandemic, an EMP, a terrorist attack, or an accident causing a long-term blackout.
We always think first about emergency food and clean drinking water in situations such as these – and well we should – but there is also the possibility that we will need to quickly access our important documents. This is especially true if we have to bug out and need to show proof of who we are, what kind of insurance we possess, whether our pets are vaccinated, etc.
Many of us are not nearly as prepared in this area as we are in many others. It’s important to rectify this situation ASAP. The key is to keep files containing all your important documents together in a safe place where you can grab them quickly if necessary. Actually, you want to have two sets of all your important documents – one at home and one in another location.
What are the most important documents to have at the ready? Well, home, auto, health and life insurance policies are at or near the top of the list. You also want to have copies of photo ID cards, including driver’s licenses, student IDs, passports, etc. In addition, you should have a list of all prescription medicines you and other family members take regularly.
One document should include all of your banking information, including the names and addresses of your banks and the account numbers for your checking, savings and other accounts, while another document should include photocopies of all your credit cards. Yet another document should contain the names, addresses and phone numbers of your physicians, dentists, attorneys and insurance agents.
Also keep copes of all of your vehicle titles, as well as copies of property ownership records. And don’t forget to include all key documents pertaining to your pets. If you have to check into a hotel that takes animals, you’ll probably need to prove they are up to date on their vaccinations.
As previously mentioned, it’s very important to keep these documents in a safe place…such as a fireproof safe, both at home and at a secondary location.