In emergency evacuations, there is not usually time to pack a bag. However, this doesn’t mean you have to be completely unprepared. There are a few things you should always keep handy in case you need to evacuate your home quickly. The staff at Tri-Star Insurance Vista recommends keeping these items in a safe place in case of an emergency evacuation.
1. Photo I.D.
Some form of photo identification is necessary to prove who you are. In many cases, you will need I.D. to gain access back to your home after the emergency has ended or to check into a hotel. Keeping your I.D. current can help you prevent misunderstandings.
Having a small amount of cash is convenient in case power is not available to use credit cards. Some people find it difficult to keep cash at home due to the temptation to spend. However, if you set some cash aside long enough, you may be able to resist the urge to spend it and be truly grateful you have it when you need it.
3. Credit Card
Credit cards are usually necessary to check into hotels. Additionally, the credit limit allows some elbow room when staying away from your house ends up being a longer ordeal. It’s important to hold on to all receipts for expenses incurred during the evacuation period because your Vista home insurance agency may reimburse you. However, this is dependent on many factors, so check with your insurance agent for details on your policy.
4. Portable Hard Drive
With the advancement of technology come some extra benefits in case of emergency. Portable computer hard drives can store up to a few terabytes of data in a device the size of a cell phone. This can come in handy in case of evacuation because all personal photos, recent billing statements, personal documents and receipts, and a video documenting your household possessions can be stored and then accessed later for insurance or other purposes. Though it can take a while to organize your information on a hard drive, it’s worth it if you really need to just grab something and go.
Though there are other items you’ll likely want to take during an evacuation, these 4 are the most essential. Make sure you’re covered with adequate insurance in case an emergency event causes damage to your property by calling American Tri-Star. We are a leading provider of home, commercial, auto, and motorbike insurance Vista residents trust. Give us a call today at 760-758-1600 and one of our knowledgeable representatives would be happy to assist you.