How long would it take you to find copies of financial records, insurance documents, birth certificates and more if you had to evacuate at a moment’s notice?

ReadyWisconsin recommends putting together a Grab-and-Go Folder that contains originals or copies of your important paperwork. Having these documents on hand through a disaster will help you get back on track if your possessions are damaged or you’re forced to relocate. For added protection, store important documents in large plastic bags or other waterproof container.

  • Apartment or condo leases
  • Home or other property deeds (mortgage, etc.)
  • Estate documents
  • Homeowner’s or renter’s insurance documents
  • Wills
  • Life insurance policies
  • Inventory of possessions and their value
  • Photos or video of your home and possessions
  • List of important phone numbers
  • Flood insurance documents
  • Vehicle titles, leases, loan documents, etc.
  • Financial statements (accounts, tax returns)
  • Stocks and bonds
  • Copies of recent bills (power, water, etc.)
  • Government financial assistance award letters
  • Birth certificates or proof of citizenship
  • Social security cards
  • Employment contracts or other legal documents
  • Military service records
  • Medical records, x-rays, benefits documents, etc.
  • Education records (report cards, etc.)
  • Passports/citizenship papers
  • Duplicate prescription from doctor
  • Computer backup (on a CD, DVD, etc.)
  • Paperwork for your pets (e.g. medical records)
  • Copies of important keys

An up-to-date inventory, including photos and videos, is a valuable resource when dealing with the loss or destruction of your property. Keep your inventory current and in a safe place, such as another location or a safety deposit box.