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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Floods and Your Vital Documents

There are many areas of the country experiencing much higher than normal rainfall right now.   We're under yet another flash flood warning ourselves here in central Indiana today.

According to Fema.gov, floods from excessive rain are one of the most common hazards in the United States.  Not all floods are alike. Some develop slowly, while others can develop in just a few minutes and without visible signs of rain.  The damage could be centralized to a small neighborhood or community, entire towns and even multiple states.

Did you know that just 3 inches of water in a 2-thousand square foot home could cost approximately $22,590 in damages?  Here is a tool that you can use to see how much damage a flood in your home might cost you.

A flash flood warning is not the time to go hunt down your homeowner's, or more importantly, your flood insurance policies!

As a member of Ready.gov, we at SafelyFiled are very interested in helping inform and educate the community about cyber safety and disaster preparedness.   On the natural disaster front, there are many resources available at Ready.gov at no cost to help you and your family be prepared.  This preparation link is one of those helpful free resources. Take a look at it and be sure to have your own plans in place.   

 

Proper planning BEFORE disaster makes recovery easier and less stressful.

One of the things you can do to be personally prepared is to gather all your vital documents such as mortgage paperwork, life/home/auto/health insurance polices, birth and marriage certificates, vaccination records, precious videos and photographs and put them all together in a safe place that's easily portable. Putting a scanned image of those documents and uploading the photographs and videos into SafelyFiled is an additional level of preparedness. In the event you need to evacuate your house quickly, be sure to grab those items along with your disaster preparedness kit.  In case you forget the vital records, you'll have them accessible if you've put them in your SafelyFiled vault.
Need some help identifying all the documents you might need?  We have some great free  checklists to help you get started!  

Stay safe out there!

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