Protecting Important Documents
- Store originals in a safe-deposit box at a bank.
- Choose a bank some distance from your home to reduce the risk of both places
suffering the same disaster.
- Get a listing of all of your banks locations, addresses and phone numbers.
- Copy all the documents in the safe-deposit box and place them in an
evacuation box (preferably a fire-proof box).
- Store your evacuation box some place you can get to easily. Take it with you
if you evacuate.
- Update documents in both boxes once or twice a year.
- Write instructions concerning health and financial decisions for your family
in the event you become incapacitated.
- If you own a home, consider opening a home equity line of credit so
emergency funds will be available.
For Evacuation Box Only
- Safe-deposit box information (location, contents and key)
- Cash, a few rolls of quarters and travelers checks.
Safe-Deposit Box Or Evacuation Box
- Insurance policies (life, auto, homeowners, renters, etc.)
- Copies of health insurance information (insurance card, doctors name and
number, prescriptions, allergies and immunizations)
- Photocopy of drivers license
- Birth, Death and Marriage certificates
- Social Security card
- Will and living will
- Mortgage/property deeds
- Adoption papers
- Military records
- Car titles
- Trust documents
- Tax return(s)
- Written instructions for family members List of emergency contacts, (family,
friends, lawyer, financial advisors, etc.)
- Personal property inventory (item description, serial number, receipt and
photograph or video)
Other Documents To Consider
- Home improvement records /receipts
- Warranties and receipts for major purchases
- Appraisals of jewelry, collectibles, artwork, etc.
- Credit card records
- Retirement account records
- Recent checking, savings and investment account statements
- Rental agreement and/or lease
- Recent pay stub and employee benefits information
- Backup disks of critical computerized information
- Negatives of irreplaceable personal photographs (with protective plastic
Cross Disaster Kit
Basic Shelter-In-Place Kit should include:
Bottled Water Snacks
Small First Aid Kit
Medications (If Needed)
7 to 14 Day Supply of
Food and Water
Manual Can Opener
Additional Set of
Plastic Sheeting and
Duct Tape to seal windows & Vents when told to do so. (These can be
pre-measured, cut and marked to allow quick installation).
Any Other Items
Needed to Increase Your Comfort (Supplies should last for at least 7
Things to Remember
Close all windows and
Turn off window fans,
vents, air conditioners, furnaces, etc.
Do not use the
Bring all pets inside
Seal all cracks
around doors and windows with tape or wet towels.
Monitor radio and
television to receive updated information and follow the
instructions of your government officials.
We recommend that
your shelter in place kit be stored in a box and placed under your
bed or in a closet until needed.