Planning for Disasters

September 2, 2008 at 12:15 pm Leave a comment

As the recovery and clean-up process begins in Louisiana after Hurricane Gustav, I find myself wondering how prepared I would be if I had to quickly evacuate my home or warehouse, or how easily I could recover from a destructive natural disaster or fire. Watching the news of the hurricane, and knowing that more are on the way, definitely emphasizes the importance being prepared!

September is National Preparedness Month, which is sponsored by the U.S. Homeland Security Department. Officials want citizens to take action now to develop an emergency plan for your family and business. You can visit for more information and helpful downloads.

When it comes to organizing for disaster, it helps to know what records you need to have safely stored away. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Copies of insurance policies
  • Identification information, such as birth certificates, social security cards, and even copies of your driver’s license
  • Bank account records
  • Prescriptions for all medicines taken on a regular basis
  • Prescriptions for eyeglass or contact lenses
  • Immunization records for your children
  • Health records, especially if you have a chronic illness or disability
  • Immunization records for your pets

Consider putting the individual papers in plastic zipper bags, and then storing these in a durable waterproof tote or fireproof safe. You should also keep copies stored off-site – bank safety deposit box is a good choice.

This month, Organized A to Z is featuring products that can help ensure your family and health information is easily accessible in the event of an emergency. Visit to view them. For a guide to get started, you might consider our book, Organize for Disaster.


Entry filed under: Business, Disaster Preparedness, Home Management, Organizing Tips, Record Keeping.

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