The 5-Minute Prepper #2: How to Disaster-Proof Your Important Documents

In our first “5-Minute Prepper” article, you saw how quickly a fire can spread. The truth is that, if a fire breaks out at home, you won’t have time to do anything except grab what you’ve prepared and get out alive (hopefully). If you missed that amazing video and article, click here to see it: “The 5-Minute Prepper #1: How to Prepare for a House Fire”.

Rebuilding your life after a disaster like that will be a whole lot easier if you have copies of your most important papers.

You can safeguard your important documents by putting them in a highly rated fire safe. Another great way to safely store these documents is to scan them into your computer, put them in an encrypted file, and store the file on a thumb drive in another location (or possibly on the cloud).

Here are some of the important documents you need to safeguard:

  • Birth certificates
  • SSN cards
  • Photo IDs
  • Vehicle titles and registrations
  • Bank account records
  • Marriage license
  • Insurance documents
  • Passports
  • Wills and living trust documents
  • Deeds
  • Diplomas and licenses
  • Logins and passwords of needed websites
  • Immunization records


Rob Hanus is the author of “The Preparedness Capability Checklist: A Planning and Evaluation Tool for Becoming More Self-Reliant,” an easy-to-read book that offers the absolute best method for intelligent and deliberate prepping. Rob is also host of the Preparedness Podcast.


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  • desireet02 says:

    While I believe storing copies in the cloud or other electronic means is good, what if we have no access to power or internet after a disaster? Or, what if those scanned copies are not legally acceptable? I have tossed this thought around too much in my head over the years. I have yet to come up with a fool proof idea for document safety and have just accepted that there has to just be a “best practice” solution.

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