Store critical documents safely

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Documentation will not help you escape a disaster, but it will certainly help you recover after one. Items such as passports, birth records, insurance policies, and rental agreements are easy to store securely online, in a fireproof/waterproof safe, or at a different location. Knowing where your information is and having backed-up copies gives you one less thing to worry about in the event of disaster or evacuation.


• Start by making a list of the critical documents. This is a good checklist to start with.

• Finding cheap or free secure storage online is easy, and scans of your key documents do not take up much room in the cloud. Just make sure to use a strong password and two-factor authentication!

• Consider getting a fireproof and waterproof safe. However, keep in mind that in a long-lasting, powerful flood, or in a super hot fire, they may not offer complete protection. This is where backing up can ensure you are covered. You can check out options online.

• Many banks offer storage in the form of a safety deposit box. If you get one, consider including a digital storage device in it with copies of your photos and other digital valuables as well.

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