Thinking about the possibility of losing important documents in a natural disaster is a tolling consideration. That being said, assuring that you’ve taking the necessary precautions to safeguard documents, photos and other irreplaceable documents will give you piece of mind in case catastrophe were to strike.
Here’s what you should keep in mind if you’re looking to store and save your most treasured documents.
Rent a Safe Deposit Box
Nothing is quite as secure as a bank’s safe deposit box. Not only do they verify your signature more than once and send a guard to view your items, they often take two different keys to open. Renting a space like this in a bank is ideal if burglary or fires are your top concerns. The obvious downfall here is that you’re only able to access your items when the bank is open.
Also, keep in mind that if you open a box with someone like a child of spouse, that they are signed into the contract. This ensures that they’ll be able to access the safe if something happens to you.
Resistant Boxes for the Home
There’s quite a variety of different fire resistant and waterproof containers for your home. File cabinets and safes that claim to be either usually have information about how much heat and water they are able to withstand. Be sure to review this information so you know how safe your items are.
In cases where your important paperwork is in danger, you can always think digital. By scanning documents and sending them to a secure email address (preferably one that you have access to), you will be able to pull up any lost documents with ease.
If original documents are what’s at stake, laminate them (to protect against water) and spray them well with fire retardant spray. It’s also a good idea to place them in high areas where disaster is harder to reach them.
In the end the decision is yours. Weigh the different options you have as you protect yourself and your family from the headache of lost social security cards, wills and more. No matter what you choose, you’ll be saving yourself quite a bit of trouble by being prepared.
There’s no way to predict the damage that a natural disaster will do to your home and personal items but know that Florida Catastrophe Corp. is here to help you bounce back from some of life’s most unexpected moments.