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Gather these important documents for grab-and-go evacuations

If you have to evacuate, you'll want to take necessary and hard-to-replace documents. Put these in a waterproof, lockable container so you can easily grab it and go.

• Checkbook, savings account passbook.

• Safety deposit box key.

• Birth, death and marriage certificates, divorce decree.

• Will and power of attorney.

• Social Security card and records.

• Military records.

• Medical records (including living will, health care surrogacy, etc.).

• Insurance policies.

• Health insurance cards.

• Retirement account records.

• Recent pay stubs, in case you have to document employment to collect benefits.

• Tax returns.

• Car titles and registrations.

• Mortgage deeds or rental agreements.

• Warranties and receipts.

• Credit cards.

• Passports, green cards.

• Food stamp, WIC or other benefit cards and paperwork.

• List of important phone numbers (relatives, bank and insurance company).

• Disc or flash drive on which you back up computer files just before you shut down the computer and evacuate.

• Home inventory (on paper, disc, flash drive or video; you should keep another copy in a safe place, maybe at work or at the home of a relative out of state).

• A few family photographs or other memorabilia.

Gather these important documents for grab-and-go evacuations 05/21/11 [Last modified: Saturday, May 21, 2011 4:30am]
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