This checklist includes critical documents and information you should have ready to take with you if you need to evacuate for a flood or other disaster. These documents will help you rebuild your life more quickly. They will provide the information and proof you need to:
Apply for federal disaster assistance.
Maintain payments on your bills and protect your credit rating.
File claims with your insurance company.
Get prescriptions filled.
Other important points to keep in mind:
If the document or card is something you use every day — such as a driver’s license or military ID — make a copy of it for this kit.
Store the documents and copies in a waterproof container in a place that is easy to get to and off the floor. Make sure other members of your household know where the container is.
Review this checklist twice a year to make sure you don’t need to update or add new documents.