One of the many lessons learned in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita is the importance of having vital documents available. Many people experienced delays in processing insurance claims because they didn’t have their policy numbers, identification, and other documents immediately available.
I highly suggest storing copies of your vital papers in at least two different locations outside your home. Consider swapping papers with a trust family member or friend. You’ll store theirs and they store yours. Keep another set in your bug out bag, sealed in a plastic bag.
I do NOT recommend using safe deposit boxes for this purpose as if it is a widespread disaster, banks might not be open for business.
Be sure to include copies of:
Also, take all of your credit cards and photocopy the front and back of each one. This will give you not only the account numbers but also the Customer Service phone numbers in the event you lose the card or need to access your account over the phone.
Finally, add in recent photos of every family member and pet. If one of them turns up missing, these photos can be of tremendous help to searchers.