Protecting Your Valuables and Documents From A Disaster: A Primer

Protecting Your Valuables and Documents From A Disaster: A Primer

Disasters can be large scale or only affect you. They can be local, regional or affect even larger areas. They can take various forms – from fires to flooding, to tornados to terrorism, to cyber to earthquakes. But they have one thing in common – they can separate you from your finances, your valued possessions, and from your identity. The last thing you want to have to worry about in a disaster is protecting these critical items when time doesn’t allow for it. First Visualize A Disaster The first thing you need to do is use your imagination to place yourself in a disaster situation. There’s a tornado on its way. The sirens are wailing and the emergency alerts are scrolling across the television screen. Everyone is telling you to “TAKE SHELTER NOW!” You run outside and see the rolling black clouds. The wind is picking up and dust is starting to fly. Your kids are playing on the playset and you scream for them to get inside and into the basement immediately. Being kids, and not understanding the need to hurry, they take their time to stop swinging. You hear a thundering sound and see a massive gray swirling mass that seems to stretch across the whole horizon heading in your direction. You don’t have time to grab anything while you make a mad rush with your kids down the basement stairs. The house shakes and trembles. You hear noises like you’ve never heard before – shrieking, moaning and then what sounds like a freight train exploding. You throw your hands protectively over your terrified kids. You’re terrified...
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