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002 Household Records

Updated 07/08/2017

   What are "Household Records"

      This is never a pleasant area for people but a necessary one to help insure a better
     
chance for your survival in the event of a major disaster and to document your
     directions should you not survive thus not placing this burden on loved ones.

 

  •  In the event of a major disaster, anticipate electric service, water, sewer and
     all forms of telephone communication may be down for at least one week
     and potentially beyond that as temporary services are established.

  •  Financial Records in electronic format using a financial tool (Quicken, et al.)

  •  Scanned Identification: Birth Certificate, Social Security Card, Driver's License

  •  Scanned Title or Loan Paperwork for Property you own.
     Include your homes, vehicles, loans, etc.

  •  Scanned passports, Adoptions, Wills, Promissory Notes, Life Insurance plus
     other legal documents
    and any attorney's engaged with these documents
     including their name, name of the law firm, address and contact numbers
    .
     
  •  Scanned documents regarding ownership of any pets or other animals,
     non-household property. Information on any identification chips may help
    .

  •  Accounts and passwords for all credit cards, banks, investment companies,
     Insurance companies, and other areas of insurance, investments or cash
    .

  •  List, by name, of family medications, doses, last refill and contact information
     for the pharmacy should you need a replacement filled
    .

  •  Scanned prescriptions for medications classified as Controlled Substances
     which will be more difficult to 
    obtain replacements for.

  •  List of doctors, phone numbers, e-mail, alternate contact information

  •  Actual or Scanned (both due to potential harsh weather conditions) Medical  Coverage Cards, contact information, e-mail, Fax,  Phone Number

  •  "Next of Kin" of family members outside of the potential disaster area.
     Scanned and signed copies of any Will or directions regarding funeral
     arrangements, religious preference, cremation, organ donation, etc.


  •  "Final Wishes" should you not survive an incident which should include your
     preferences for funeral or cremation, disposal of ashes (if any), distribution of
     Estate Assets, notifications, and other details
    as you see appropriate.

    ALL OF THE ABOVE can be typed into a Word or other document or scanned
    in where government issued, legal, financial or medical records are involved.

    A good secure place to save this information is on a "Thumb drive" for a
    computer which can easily be connected to most computers today and store
    many Gigabytes of storage easily. A 32 Gigabyte Thumb drive should provide
    ample space for all the items above. Keep two copies: one in your residence
    and another in a safe secure location like a Safety Deposit Box. If you elect
    to keep this with family, be aware the Government requires banks to have
    their Disaster Recovery Site no less than 500 miles from their main bank to
    provide "insulation" from natural disasters in one area impacting the other.

   Experts tell us Memphis, one day, will experience a 7.0 or higher Richter Scale
   Earthquake that may cause downtown Memphis to sink six feet and a serious loss
   of property and potentially life out to approximately the area East of Bellevue
   Baptist Church. Beyond food, shelter, shelter and medical attention, one pressing
   challenge will be "Who Are You"? 

   If you look at the items identified above, these kept in a secure place on your
   computer and on a "thumb drive" (a microcircuit capable of acting like a disk drive
   attached externally to your computer holding many Gigabytes of data) will provide
   you an advantage in establishing your identity and access to your finances faster
   than others which can be a significant advantage during stressed times. If your
   place of residence is inhabitable, these documents can prevent officials from
   evicting you. If you are in an Apartment, include copies of payments and your
   lease agreement. Your Motor vehicle Registration documents can prevent your
   car from being seized.

   A "thumb drive" can connect to nearly any computer using a Universal Serial Bus
   (USB) connector whether it is directed connected to your computer or connected
   to another USB storage device which is then connected to your computer.

   The Identification should be kept in a JPEG or PDF format as these are dominate
   document formats and can be used using free, non-proprietary software plus
   they can be enlarged for closer inspection.