"Plan ahead: It wasn't raining when Noah built the ark." --Robert Cushing
Whether you have a single house fire or a huge national emergency, there are steps you can take to ensure your personal and business paperwork is in order. Think of the 3 Ps - People, Pets & Photos. These are the most important items that most people want to save in case of a home emergency. Use your smartphone's emergency features and apps to make a plan and prepare your home, paperwork and family for any potential disaster. Getting organized now will save you a lot of time and headaches post-emergency.
Documents to keep in a fire proof safe or safe deposit box: birth certificates social security cards passports list of insurance policy numbers/contact info list of bank account/credit card numbers home inventory photo CD car title
Create a 72 hour kit with enough water, food & other supplies for each member of your family to survive for 72 hours. Visit the above websites for a full list of what to include in your disaster kit.
Regularly back up non-financial business files to the cloud for easy retrieval.
Use an external hard drive for financial files and store in a fire proof safe, safe deposit box or offsite storage.
Choose a day each year to update your home inventory photos/list. Patriot’s Day (September 11) is a good day to serve as a reminder.
Take photos of each area of your home to remind you of the items you own. Generate a list from these photos that includes serial numbers, copies of receipts, etc. This will make it much simpler, if you have a need to prove ownership to the insurance company.
Smartphone Emergency Hacks: Both major mobile operating systems have emergency stuff built-in.
Android has a neat ICE available right from the settings menu. The location changes from phone to phone due to OEM modifications. However, every phone with Android Nougat or newer can save your emergency contacts and medical information. The information is available straight from the dialer. That’s great news because the dialer is available even if your phone has an active lock screen.
iOS also has a similar service in its settings menu. However, admittedly, the iOS one has a few extra features. This includes an auto-call function. You can press the sleep button five times in rapid succession to call emergency services immediately. It does need to be activated in the settings menu first, though. In either case, we recommend taking full advantage of both iOS and Android’s ability to save your medical and emergency info since both are available in basically the same spot.
It’s also worth noting that most phones can make an emergency phone call whether or not they have active, paid service or a SIM card. It may be worth taking one of your older devices and stashing it somewhere just in case. These tips are from Android Authority Article
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