Protect Important Documents
Identification is crucial during a natural disaster. A Hurricane can cause damage to your home that ruins important documents your family needs to navigate the aftermath of the storm. Here are some ways Storm Guard recommends protecting your documents for the storm.
Keep these Documents Safe
- Photo ID (Driver’s license, passport, student/work ID, etc.)
- Cash and Credit Cards
- Personal Records (birth certificates, marriage certificates, birth certificate, social security card, etc.)
- Medical Records (physician’s contact information, copies of records and medications, etc.)
- Financial Information (bank account and credit card information)
- Property Records (deeds or leases)
- Insurance Policies
Look here for a more comprehensive list of what to protect in the event of a hurricane.
Storing the Documents
It is best to keep these documents easily accessible but in safe, waterproof containers. This avoids the documents from getting damaged during a natural disaster. Also, be prepared to bring them with you in the event of a call to evacuate your home before a storm hits.
Keep a digital and hard copy of every one of these documents as well. That way, if you lost your insurance policy or driver’s license you could at least pull up the policy number or license number if needed. If possible, upload these documents to some kind of digital storage solution (Google Drive, iCloud, DropBox, etc.) so you can access them regardless of what devices you can access. Also, backup your hard drive to an external hard drive to have your information in multiple locations in case of flooding, wind damage, or evacuation.
Securing your Insurance Information
Review your insurance policies to know what you are covered for and how a named storm affects your policy. A lot of policies have a higher deductible for damage due to a named storm.
At Storm Guard, we offer free roof inspections that can potentially help you avoid these higher deductibles. In the same way that you should take photos of and document your belongs and the status of the inside of your house for insurance purposes, documenting the pre-storm status of your roof will help you provide accurate information for the insurance company if it is damaged in a storm. We can inspect your roof before the storm and then again after – COST FREE – so the insurance company can have specific data to clearly detail the damage produced by the named storm.
An inspection before a big storm can also help you either have the peace of mind that your roof is secure or find any issues with it that can be fixed before the storm hits.
Keep Contact Information on Hand
Our mobile devices have done a lot of good for us, and the convenience of being able to store all the phone numbers we could ever need in them so we don’t need to keep a Rolodex or have a list of phone numbers is great. However, your phone’s contact list won’t help if it dies and you can’t charge it.
Be sure to keep a hard copy of important contact information. Make copies of this list and store them in multiple places to keep from losing it. This should include phone numbers of health professionals, service providers, insurance agents, banking/financial institutions, places of worship, and must include your family members’ personal numbers.
Keeping your family and home safe with a good roof over their head is our top priority. Here is where you can find more tips for navigating Hurricane Season. Contact us today to inspect your roof to help you further prepare for the storm!