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Preparing For Disaster

You never know when a natural disaster--a hurricane, a flood, a forest fire--might strike and drive you from your home. Before leaving, it pays to take some basic documents and information with you when you go:

* Proof of your identity, such as a driver's license, passport, or Social Security card.

* Necessary prescriptions.

* Proof of residence, such as a deed or a lease. The police often require proof that you live in an affected area before you will be allowed to return to your home.

* Bank information, including a recent account statement, checkbook, and credit cards.

* If you receive public assistance, documents showing the programs for which you are qualified.

* Proof of employment, such as a recent payroll stub.

* Insurance information, especially insurance for property that might be affected by the disaster.

* Other personal information or things that are difficult or impossible to replace, such as original divorce decrees and child support orders, wills, and the family photograph album.

In a disaster, your personal safety is paramount, but using the foresight to gather just a few important documents can make any forced displacement much easier to bear.

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