Digitizing Your Documents – Plan Ahead For Before Disaster Strikes

Earthquake! It happened just the other evening.  We had a small earthquake in the Yuma area, and I wasn’t prepared.  Yet again, I had put off the digitizing of my documents.  Ryan has reminded me to get our stuff digitized and put somewhere safe, but it takes an event to get me motivated.  Are your ready for a disaster?

What original documents would you need if you had to evacuate your home now? I know you would grab the kids and pets. But what have you left behind?

  1. Insurance information
  2. Bank account information
  3. Medical Records
  4. Financial Records

Where would you find all that information in a hurry?

You could put all those numbers in a text file on your computer.  But wait… your not going to carry the computer around – so that doesn’t save the day.

You need to get that information saved out of your home. Burn that file on to a cd and put it in your safety deposit box.

Tip:  Give a copy to a close relative or a friend you trust.  This is handy, because if your not able to get into your home you will be with this person anyway.

Tip: Scan your records.  Gather together all your important documents and scan them.  If you don’t have a scanner, take them over to Kinko’s and have them do it for you. They will get it onto a cd for you at the same time. Scan at at least 300 dpi in grey scale.

  1. Birth Certificates
  2. Marriage Licenses
  3. Tax Documentation
  4. Home and Car Documentation
  5. Passports and Immigration Records
  6. Life, Health, Car and Home Insurance Policies

Save all your documents in JPEG files and label each file separately.  Transfer all these files onto
cd’s and get them to some safe places.

In case of Identity Theft… these documents will be quickly at hand.

Tip: If you are the keeper of the family photos, get the rare ones scanned also.

If you need help or guidance on this subject, give us a call.  We are always happy to advice on computer safety.

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