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How to Keep Important Documents Safe
Although no one wants to dwell on the natural
disasters, accidents or fires that can destroy your
home and everything in it, planning for the worst
can give you peace of mind. And if the worst were to
happen, you'll be prepared to rebuild your life.
There are many ways to protect documents that you'd
never want to lose. Some people rent a safe deposit
box at a bank; others prefer to keep things at home
in a fire-resistant safe. What's best for you? It
depends how worried you are about fire damage, water
damage, theft, and accessibility.
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Safeguard Valuables And Precious Memories
Your home or business can be struck by a disaster at
any time. It could be in the form of a hurricane,
flash flood, earthquake, tornado, fire, or even
burglary. Not only could your furnishings,
valuables, and personal items be lost, damaged, or
destroyed, so can your most important photos and
documents. Even your computer where you stored some
of this information could be stolen or ruined.
Replacing your missing items can become an added
nightmare when your insurance company asks for proof
of ownership to fulfill your claim and you don't
have it. What would you do if you lost your only
pictures of your children when they were babies?
Retrieving important personal documents may not
be the first thing people think of when disaster
strikes their home. But as many victims of
Hurricane Katrina learned, such paperwork is
vital when it comes to stitching lives back
together. Emergency management workers around
the country are trying to teach people how to
protect documents so they can be recovered
quickly when homes are struck by fire,
hurricanes, earthquakes or other disasters.
"I would like to think that people pay
attention," said Irene Toner, director of Monroe
County Emergency Management in the Florida Keys.
"It's a matter of preparedness." Toner, who
helps organize emergency response in an area
where hurricanes are a fact of life, urges
residents to keep multiple copies of life
insurance policies, Social Security cards,
credit cards, driver's licenses, deeds and birth
certificates, as well as other information.
In areas more prone to earthquakes, such as
California, or tornadoes, such as Kansas, think
in terms of the specific threat, Hamburg says.
Even choosing the location in your home for a
fire safe is important.
"Basements can be flooded; tornadoes rip the
roof off," she says. "You really have to
assess the risk for your area."
files also deserve consideration. Many
businesses maintain two file copies in
different locations, and families should do
the same with electronic files and hard
At the very minimum, officials agree that
people should keep cash and short, laminated
lists of insurance policy numbers, the names
of their life insurance agents, and
emergency phone numbers in their wallets, as
well as ID cards.
Renting a safe
Although you would be able to store valuables
other than documents in a safe deposit box,
there is always the chance that the bank could
also suffer damage from a natural disaster.
Another disadvantage to using a safe deposit box
is that you can only access it when the bank is
open, and in the case of your death, the safe
deposit box would be sealed. So if your original
will is in the box, rather than in your house or
at your attorney's office, it might take a long
time for your executor to get her hands on it.
States have different laws regulating access to
a safe deposit box after the owner's death, so
ask the bank if a court order or other official
action is required for someone to open your safe
deposit box upon your death -- a power of
attorney document that designates who should
have access to your safe deposit box won't do
Of course, there's no 100 percent guarantee that
a natural disaster won't destroy or damage your
bank -- and its safe deposit boxes -- but the
companies that make the safe deposit boxes and
the vaults that house them make them resistant
(not proof) to earthquakes, explosions, fire,
flood, and heat, according to an article
published in the FDIC Consumer News. If damage
should occur, however, FDIC insurance doesn't
cover the contents of your safe deposit box.
Buying a fire-resistant safe
If you want to keep your financial papers out of
reach to an inquisitive relative, babysitter, or
child, you can buy a lockable file cabinet.
Spend a bit more to buy a large fire-resistant
file box, file cabinet, or safe and you'll give
yourself more protection from theft and fire. If
theft is also a concern, you might want to look
at a floor or wall safe -- both are much easier
to conceal than a safe -- or a safe that you can
bolt to a closet shelf or floor. (And if you opt
to pay a pro to install your floor safe in
cement, it'll really be difficult to steal!) But
unless you have $1 million in cash or thousands
of dollars of jewelry in your house, anything
bulky and heavy is likely to successfully deter
a burglar -- especially something that weighs
too much for the thief to tuck under his arm and
carry out your front door.
When evaluating different fire-resistant items,
consider what you might put inside that requires
protection: Paper burns at 450 degrees F, but
temperatures as low as 125 degrees F can damage
computer disks and audio/visual media, such as
CDs and videotapes. An item's UL class rating
reflects how much heat it can withstand: Class
125 protects floppy disks; Class 150 protects
film, magnetic tape and videotapes; Class 350
protects paper documents, fabric, and metals
(coins, jewelry, etc.). Of course, if you live
in a flood-prone area, you'll need to invest in
something that's water-proof as well as