With spring storms rattling houses and nerves, it may be time to make some plans just in case the “big one” hits, like the 2019 EF-3 that decimated parts of Dallas.
Veterans of that destructive event that took down age-old trees and wiped out schools, commercial structures and every type of residential property can attest to what life was like once the air cleared.
One survivor of the episode admitted that they found themselves not just homeless, but in need of basic credentials.
Here are some suggestions for preparing for the worst when it comes to basic paperwork. For those with a storm shelter, safe room, wine cellar or safe, you’ll want to collect and store the following to make the best of a daunting situation:
- A set of keys to your car(s) and house
- Photos of your prescription bottles to help get refills
- Photos of your family members and pets. They’ll be useful to locate them in case they get lost.
- Paperwork (i.e., birth certificates, wedding certificates, divorce papers, copy of driver’s license, passports, property deeds, auto registration, TSA materials, wills, voter registration cards, copy of your COVID vaccination card, etc.)
- Photocopies of your credit cards, both front and back
- A list of your passwords.
Put the items in a portable file cabinet. You can pick one of them up on Amazon or at Office Depot. Or, if you don’t have that much to store, put them in a Zip-Loc.
Leave these things there and update them at least once a year. You’ll find this storing of materials useful during good times and bad. After all, it’s always a pain when you can’t find that voter registration card when you want to vote.
If your safe or safe room isn’t all that safe, collect the items and keep them in a closet so when the worst happens, you can grab ’em and go.
* Photo credit: Skeeter Hagler