Gather Important Documents

Ideally, you need to have the originals located in a safe, fireproof location in your house.

Digital copies can be encrypted and uploaded to cloud storage, or stored on an encrypted flash drive.

Paper copies should be placed in a small, fireproof safe and kept with your evacuation gear, along with the encrypted flash drive.

  • Auto loan paperwork
  • Bank account records
  • Birth certificates
  • Business licenses and permits
  • Combinations for safes and other padlocked areas
  • Contact list of family and friends (name, phone, email, address, etc.)
  • Credit card information: card info, issuing bank info
  • Incorporation documents
  • Concealed Carry License, CCW permits, Firearm licenses, Class 3 documents
  • DD214 or military records
  • Death Certificates
  • Deeds
  • Divorce and custody papers
  • Doctor contact information
  • Drivers license
  • Email passwords for all accounts
  • Family pictures
  • Firearm information: descriptions, serial numbers, and photos
  • Immunization records
  • Insurance documents (home, auto, health, life, etc.)
  • Investment information
  • Logins and passwords of needed websites
  • Marriage license
  • Medical Records
  • Medicine Prescriptions
  • Mortgage information
  • Passports
  • Pharmacy information
  • Photo IDs
  • Records of ownership for household items (paper, photo, video record of items, including serial numbers)
  • Rental and lease agreements
  • Resume, CV, work history
  • School records, diplomas, certificates, and licenses
  • SSN cards
  • Vehicle titles and registrations
  • Website list, either a list of your important sites, or a copy of your browser’s bookmarks.
  • Wills and living trust documents