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  • Parent’s Guide to Safeguarding Important Family Documents from Potential Disasters like Fires and Floods

    This rainy season, prepare ahead. You never know when a flood or a fire will strike.
    by SmartParenting Staff .
  • documentsFirst of all, remember what the most important things to save during a fire or flood are: that’s yourself and your family. Nothing could be more important and you shouldn’t risk your life or anyone else’s to retrieve material things. As parents, keep your cool and prepare ahead of time.


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    Make a List of Important Family Documents

    However, if you have time to prepare beforehand, think of all the paperwork and documents that you might want to save in case of a fire or flood. Below is a list of some important family documents that you might want to save:

    • Bank account statements, investment records and original share certificates
    • Marriage certificates, annulment papers, birth certificates, death certificates, adoption papers
    • Identification records (driver's license, permits, passport, SSS card, health card)
    • Trusts, wills, powers of attorney and birth certificates
    • Titles, deeds, registrations for property and vehicles owned;
    • Mortgages and other loan information
    • Insurance policies and employer benefit statements
    • Medical records
    • Credit card statements
    • Income tax information (last three years)
    • Retirement account statements
    • Appraisal certificates for valuables like jewelry, antiques and collectors' items
    • Warranties and receipts for major purchases
    • Pay slips
    • Estate Planning records
    • Complete household inventory
    • Family photos


    Safety Deposit Box or Fire-Proof, Water-Proof Box

    Make sure all these documents are placed in a fireproof and flood-proof container. A safety deposit box would be more ideal, especially for hard-to-reproduce documents. However, if that’s not an option for you, then keep it in a container that you or a family member can easily access in case of an emergency exit.


    Click here to read about the disadvantages of keeping documents in boxes, the importance of saving family photos, electronic files and having notarized copies of documents.

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