Are you ready for a quick getaway? Whether going on a vacation or evacuating in the case of a hurricane, being prepared is more than packing suitcases or storing water and supplies.
In Part One, we shared our checklist for things to do to prepare for a hurricane and evacuation in the case of an emergency - here we are discussing the important financial, legal and other documents that you should take with you in the case of an emergency evacuation from your home. In Part Three, we will discuss the physical medical plan for evacuation for you, your family and your pets.
We have prepared the following checklist to assist you in gathering the necessary and appropriate financial, legal and other documents that you will need to recover from a Hurricane. Your emergency file (briefcase, plastic expandable file folder, etc.) should be easily accessible and ready to go, especially during Hurricane season. Most of these documents and items can be scanned and stored on your computer, on a backup drive, thumb drive or in the cloud. We recommend a dry/safe copy be available/ stored in a secondary location - e.g., you keep the originals and the copies are stored in a remote location in the cloud or with a trusted child or advisor.
Here is our checklist (you may wish to walk around your house and review your important papers file(s) to see if you need to modify your list):
Deed to Real Estate
Title Insurance Policy
Homeowners, Automobile, Boat Insurance Policies
Previous Year Tax Return
Estate Planning Documents - (Will, Trust, Financial Power of Attorney, Designation of Health Care Surrogate, Living Will, HIPAA Release)
Financial Insurance Policies including Long Term Care, Life, Annuity and Disability
Miscellaneous Documents, Lists, and Essential Items:
Copies of Everything in Your Wallet including Credit Cards (both front and back), Health Insurance Cards and Driver's License
List of Current Medications (Both Prescription and Over the Counter)
List of Doctors/Health Care Providers
List of Financial and Legal Professionals
Family Members Information - All Contact Information
Neighbors and Close Friends - All Contact Information
Disc or Thumb Drive from Backup from Computer
Photographs of Valuable Tangible Personal Property for Insurance Purposes
Keys to Safe Deposit Box
All Other Essential Keys - e.g., Briefcase, Car, Storage Facility Keys
Pet documentation (ownership papers, care plan, health information)
Notification list - list of obligations - example if you care for someone else - who should be notified in the case of an emergency
Make a plan in advance to ensure you, and your family is protected during and after the storm.