The Low-Down on Backing Up Important Documents

It’s impossible to determine when and where a calamity may strike. Depending on the disaster, you may only have a few minutes to a couple of hours to gather your family and what you can and get to a safe place. Because of this, you might want to consider the following:

What Documents Need Protection?

There will be some records you may find are worth protecting that others do not, so in a way, this is up to you. However, there are some standard documents that you need if you need to evacuate in a hurry. Be sure to gather:

  • Driver’s licenses, passports and other identification documents
  • Social security cards
  • Birth, adoption, marriage, divorce, and death certificates
  • Immunization records
  • Deeds, property leases, mortgages, car titles, and other related records
  • Credit and debit card numbers/cards
  • Bank statements, pay stubs, retirement statements and other financial documents
  • Health insurance cards, prescriptions and other medical-related records
  • Keepsakes, family photos, and other related items

How to Keep the Originals Safe and Secure

There are a number of ways you can go about storing your original records. You’ll want to make copies of all important documents so that you can keep them (the copies) at home in your emergency kit or on a flash drive. The originals, however, need to be away from your home with a trusted friend or family member or possibly in a safe deposit box. Copies at home should be in a safe that is both fire- and flood proof.  

Using the Cloud for Back Up Documents

An alternative, which many are beginning to use today, is cloud storage. What this means is that you can store your copies of your important documents on a secure server online. These documents can then be accessed from anywhere at any time, with the proper login credentials. Popular services include Google Drive and Dropbox.

While it’s true you can pinpoint when and where a tragedy will occur, you can plan ahead for it. For more information on planning for disaster, contact Prutting Insurance Group in Scottsdale, Arizona.