My sister lives in Texas, where it is Hurricane Season. In the Midwest, we can have floods, tornadoes and severe winds. After the Katrina Hurricane, southern state Extension colleagues put together instructions for making a “Grab and Go Box.” If you had a moment’s notice, would you be able to grab your necessary papers before leaving? We have weather issues too. Are you prepared?
Place papers in sealed waterproof plastic bags and store in a durable, sealed portable box. Store the box/backpack at home in a secure easily accessible location. If you need to leave your home, – grab the box and take it with you. Keep the box with you at all times.
Things to include in your Grab and Go Box are:
- Cash or traveler’s checks and roll of quarters (ATMs might be down)
- Emergency phone numbers for: doctors, pharmacies, financial advisors, clergy, repair contractors, family
- Copies of prescriptions – for medications and eye wear
- Medical reports – children’s immunization records, health and dental insurance cards
- Insurance policies – auto, flood, renters/homeowners – showing the policy numbers and contact numbers
- Copies of deeds, titles, wills/trusts, durable power of attorney, healthcare directives, stock and bonds certificates, recent investment statements, home inventory, birth, death, adoption and marriage certificates, passports, employee benefit documents, last year’s state and federal tax returns.
- Backup copies of computer financial records
- Computer user names and passwords
- Keys to safe deposit box
- Irreplaceable personal photos
- List of Numbers – social security, bank accounts, loan, credit card(s), driver’s license and investment account
- List of debts obligations –due dates and contact information
Having an out of state contact can be helpful so you can let family and friends know you are okay. When my sister evacuated from Hurricane Rita, my family was grateful that she called me about her whereabouts during her travels.