IT’S HAPPENED. DISASTER HAS STRUCK!
It’s too late to decide what to do about your important document. It’s gone and now you need to try and get it back. Well, before disaster actually does strike, below are some steps you can take to possible save some of your documents.
Be Proactive Before a Disaster
Many of the major stressors after a disaster can be lessened by taking these vital steps before anything bad actually occurs.
1.) Photograph all important documents and store them securely in the cloud. (This report from Boston University provides tips on how to do so.)
2.) Keep photocopies of documents in a secure location away from your property. Consider procuring a safety deposit box for this purpose. (I have copies of all of our information at the home of a family member in another state.)
3.) Scan documents and save them on a password protected USB drive that you keep in a different location. This one is particularly secure and has an automatic cloud back-up.
There are some steps you can take to protect documents from fire and flood damage, but these are not foolproof.
Invest in a good quality fire-proof safe. However, keep in mind that fire-proof isn’t going to necessarily hold up to an inferno like the ones we’ve seen in California recently.
To find out how to recover or replace many documents, read more here:
Replacing Documents After A Disaster