Documents and Data
If all your computer was destroyed and your file cabinets were flooded, would you have a backup of your most vital records? Most folks don’t think about data, but it’s just as crucial as first aid items. Your kit should have copies of vital identification of you and your loved ones such as birth certificates, driver’s licenses, social security cards, and passports. Also, include copies of essential documents like:
- Deeds and Contracts
- Stocks and Bonds
- Immunization Records
- Insurance Policies
- Marriage Certificates
- Death Certificates
Make a list of logins and numbers for critical accounts like credit cards and bank accounts should you ever have to prove you are the rightful account owner. Also, it’s always a smart idea to have a list of essential telephone numbers. Without a working cell, your contact list is pointless.
This next recommendation may seem random, but it’s a good idea to include an inventory of your valuable household goods as well as pictures of expensive items. Insurance companies use this info when filing claims. In the event your house is badly damaged, it will be hard to think of all your possessions right at the minute. Having a record guarantees you don’t forget anything major.
Lastly, make sure you have extra copies of keys to your house and vehicles. Also, have extra keys to your safe or safety deposit box.
Don’t forget your pets! Like human beings, pets must have a food and water supply for at least three days. If your pet take medications, put that in your first aid kit. Don’t forget to include poop bags for your furry family members.
Keep it Updated
Emergency kits require periodic maintenance. At least two times a year, check to be sure all food is still good, batteries haven’t deteriorated, all documents and records are up to date and that your pack is still in a place that is easy to reach. If you’ve added a new member to your family, such as a pet or baby, be sure new items are added and that there is plenty of water for everyone in your household.