HURRICANE CENTRAL - If you were here for Hurricanes Charley or Wilma, you probably remember putting all of your important documents into a big waterproof container and trying to get them to somewhere safe. Now, thanks to technology that part of hurricane planning is easier and you can start right now.
You have so many decisions when it's time to evacuate. Take a little time now and make the decisions about documents easier. First, do the easy stuff. Anything like bank statements and insurance policies where you can sign up and have it stored online, do that. You won't have to worry about finding them and keeping them secure when you evacuate.
Next, look to the clouds. So many companies offer you online storage now either free or for a fee. So put your important documents that don't require original signatures on an internet storage cloud. Think tax returns, receipts and things like that. Also, this is a good time to take insurance pictures of everything you own and store them on that cloud. Don't forget to open up the cabinets and closets and take
pictures of what's inside.
Then all you have to find and take with you are things where your signature on the document really matter. Those include things like your will or any contracts where you'll someday need to show the original document. It's also a good time to clean some things out and get rid of
the clutter as you get organized.
When it comes to taking pictures of things you own take a lot. You'd be amazed at how much it really costs to replace just the things in your closets. Take pictures of labels especially for high-end items. Write down the serial numbers or better yet, store those on the "cloud" with your documents and pictures. This is also a great time to make sure you have replacement coverage for your property on your insurance policy. That way, if it's ruined you get paid for what it costs to replace it, not just what your ten-year-old refrigerator is worth today.