National Preparedness Month: Keeping Important Documents Safe from Water Damage
Wisconsinite's experienced severe thunderstorms throughout this summer leaving many residents stuck with the grueling job of doing house repairs themselves or filing claims with their homeowner's insurance agencies.
With the amount of flooding that took place over parts of West Brown County, both the interior and exterior parts of homes endured various levels of water damage. Sometimes the living quarters and furniture are not the only things of importance that undergo destruction. Essential documents might have become ruined as well.
As we near the end of National Preparedness Month, it is important to remember being prepared for the unexpected should be a year-long practice. One of the most vital pieces of information to your family's existence is documented mostly on legalized forms. Replacing a lost or damaged document can be rather time-consuming or in some instances, difficult if you do not have all the appropriate required documentation on hand to request new records.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) suggests making copies and arranging safe off-site storage for the following important documents.
Vital Personal Records
These include photocopies of personal identification such as drivers licenses, birth certificates, and Military I.D. cards, if applicable. Social Security cards, passports, and marriage licenses should also be copied.
Keep copies of your homeowner's and flood insurance policy. Also, include health and life insurance coverage information as well as contact information for your local agent.
Record relevant account numbers for all financial matters. Include bank contact information as well as investment firms such as brokerages, retirement accounts, and credit card companies.
Copy the deed to your home or the mortgage documents provided by the title company. These should state the value of the house at the time of purchase. If you are a renter, retain a copy of the lease or rental agreement. Also duplicate all automobile, boat and R.V. titles and registration papers.
Make copies of all ongoing prescriptions plus records of immunizations, health insurance I.D. cards, and names and contact information for primary physicians. If you have a living will include that as well.
Include a copy of your will, instructions for a funeral, documents for power-of-attorney designation, and contact information for your personal attorney.
Once the worst has passed and you're able to take a moment to check on all of your personal belongings for damages, remember SERVPRO of West Brown County is always here for you.
We are a trusted leader in the water restoration industry that is locally owned and operated. If you are looking to have a stress-free claim process, SERVPRO works with your insurance to help manage the insurance process and paperwork.
If you have water or flood damage, give us a call at, (920) 434-8224.