Protecting Key Documents in Case of Evacuation

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west coast wildfires documents to take in an evacuation

As wildfires ravage the western United States, our hearts are with our many clients and colleagues in the San Francisco, Portland, and Seattle regions.

For those in the affected areas, or anyone facing approaching hurricanes or other natural disasters across the country, it’s worth taking some time to ensure you’re prepared for an emergency. If you keep any of the following documents at home, we recommend taking them with you in case of an evacuation.

Financial

  • Deed or lease to your home
  • Estate planning originals
  • Financial statements
  • Recent tax returns
  • Social Security card
  • Wills

Health and Personal

  • Birth certificate
  • Marriage certificate
  • Medicare and health insurance cards
  • Most recent insurance declaration pages
  • Passports
  • Personal property list/photos and appraisals

To help you safely organize such files, consider purchasing a fireproof and water-resistant storage bag. Keeping everything in one place will help make a potential evacuation a little quicker.

You can track the latest alerts and information from California, Oregon, and Washington public officials. Please stay safe in these trying times.

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