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Emergency preparedness - needed documents

From Emory Kidd, Director
Metcalfe County Emergency Management

In the September Preparedness Month tips, we've put off document collection long enough. Open up that firesafe box and make sure you have all of your important documents, for each member of the family, secured away.

Original birth certificates, vehicle titles, deeds, social security cards, passports, wills, powers of attorney, health care surrogates (living wills), are just a start.

While you aren't likely to be keeping banking items - such as checkbooks - in the box - at the least, having a list of account numbers for credit, debit, checking and savings accounts, and even a voided check for each checking account so you have the routing number, is critical.

Don't have a will, durable power of attorney and health care surrogate (living will)? Time to put that on the list to get done as well.

Another item for the firesafe box is cash. As difficult as it seems, keeping a supply of cash, even in this cashless society, is critical. How much is up to you, but it should be in smaller bills, no larger than ten-dollar bills. And commit to not touching it, no matter what, which is likely the most difficult goal of all!

This story was posted on 2021-09-13 09:13:14
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