It's crucial to have documents stored in a safe and accessible place. We even recommend keeping copies of some important documents in your 72-hour kits. These documents include: insurance information (phone numbers, policy numbers, etc), copies of birth certificates and ss cards, mortgage information, bank information, etc.
For the documents not in your 72-hour kits, it is ideal to have a fireproof, waterproof safe to keep these in. However, those can be pretty pricey. Several months ago, we received a great tip from Scott, a fire prevention officer and Emergency Response Coordinator in his District in Canada. Scott says,
A suggestion to protect your personal documents: Seal the documents in two zip lock bags and store in the bottom of your freezer. Unless it's a major catastrophic fire they should survive the fire. You can also put a desiccant pouch (moisture absorber) in with them to help keep them dry.
Great idea, thanks Scott!
What emergency preparedness tips do you have?? Please share!