Our thoughts and prayers are with Californians as they endure evacuation calls and the emotional stress caused by the recent wild fires. To the men and women who are coming to the aid of others, whether by way of professional duty or just human compassion, we thank you.
For those in the midst of an evacuation and unsure what to take with them, we’ve compiled a list of the important financial documents that you should take with you (if they’re not already stored in a fireproof safe):
- Estate Plan Documents
- Birth, Death, Marriage, and Divorce certificates
- Incorporation Documents
- Bank records
If the documents listed are all scanned and/or accessible electronically, be sure to pack your computers (with chargers), hard drives and USB drives that contain this information.
Other important items:
- Family photos and albums
- Small precious family heirlooms or jewelry
- Important electronic devices
- Paintings and other valuable artwork
If you are not currently being evacuated, here are a few additional tips to get prepared in case of an emergency:
- Scan and upload your important documents (including those listed above) to your online secure document vault with Beacon Pointe
- Have at least 1/2 tank of fuel in your vehicle at all times
- Pack a flashlight, portable charging dock for your cellular device
- Pack some snacks, water bottles and pillows and light blankets
- Round up your pets; get them secured in pet carriers and ready to go into the car with no way of escape; have leashes, food bowls, food, litter boxes, litter, and other pet needs prepared as needed
- Pre-pack a suitcase(s) filled with old but useable clothing, socks, underwear, jackets, extra shoes, etc. Include a bag of his/her toiletry items, including extra regular medications to last a few days
- Close all windows, close all interior doors, remove curtains from area of windows
- Turn off propane gas at tank; remove BBQ propane tank, and store somewhere away from your house
Disclaimer: This article has been provided for informational purposes only and should not be considered as investment advice or as a recommendation.