The destruction and devastation unfolding in the Philippines from Hurricane Haiyan (called Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines), is heart-breaking for us on the sidelines and overwhelming for those in the midst of this catastrophic disaster. My heart is breaking as I watch and read stories about the more than 2 million people impacted by this storm. Although 800,000 people were evacuated ahead of the storm, the 7,000 islands that comprise the Philippine archipelago have a population of 96 million. Estimates are running that the loss of life could exceed 10,000 people.
This release from FEMA, Replacing Your Important Papers, dated November 5, 2013, is particularly poignant. I encourage you to save this link as a “favorite” in your “favorites” folder on your toolbar AND print it to add to your household Emergency Preparedness and Planning binder. Then, should you ever need this information, it is readily available to you. At the very least, by reading this post, it will probably trigger your memory should the need arise.
This release is a one-page, one-stop listing of how to start the process to replace the following documents:
- Marriage Certificates
- Marriage Dissolutions (divorce)
- Adoption Decrees
- Immigration Documents
- Drivers License
- Vehicle Registration, License Tab or Title
- Military Records
- Mortgage Papers
- Property Deeds
- Insurance Policies
- Social Security Card
- Transcript of Your Tax Return
- Savings Bonds/Notes
- Credit Cards
Although this FEMA release was prompted by the devastating floods that ravaged Colorado in September, this simple, one-page informational release is applicable to all Americans in the event of a disaster. With multiple weather-related disasters (Oklahoma, North Dakota, South Dakota, New Mexico, North Carolina – just to name recent ones) in the recent past and future ones ahead, this one little informational page can save hours of work. Save it now!
Until Next Time,
(other posts about Emergency Planning and Preparedness)
- 14 Human Needs
- Counting Our Blessings
- Emergency Planning Checklist
- Hurricane Sandy
- In the Midnight Hours
- Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door
- The Fire Drill
- What’s in Your First Aid Kit?
- Wildfire Season: Are You Ready?