Unfortunately predators exist in our society, just like in the wild, these predators seek the weak and isolated to make the catch easier. When you are fighting for your life, keeping your family fed and safe in the face of disaster or emergency, you want to be sure you are not a target for predators. Having a will, insurance, and powers of attorney for you and your family can become more important than ever when you are facing the huge task of putting your life back together after an unexpected event. Some recent events in the United States recently have caught people off guard and unprepared. Having the paperwork necessary to prove who you are and what property belongs to you could be the difference between getting your home returned to you following a tornado or flood and living in a hotel for months on end waiting for authorities to sort out details and determine if you are allowed to take possession of your home and property. Although we list below assets to help you replace documents if you loose them, the idea is to get your documents in order and keep them safe. Keep a checklist of important documents in your car and home, but keep the documents you don’t require in hand in a safe deposit box or other secure location.Here are some helpful government links to assist in document recovery, fraud reporting, and credit or identify theft.
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— Disaster Fraud. Report fraud, waste, abuse or allegations of mismanagement involving disaster relief operations.
— Replace Your Vital Documents. USA.gov has a list of resources for getting everything from your passport to your Social Security card replaced.
— Replacing Documents & Records. A checklist of documents you will need to replace if they have been destroyed, and whom to contact for information on the replacement process from the U.S. Fire Administration.
— Help During Disasters. Information from the IRS on getting copies of your tax forms necessary to apply for disaster loans and grants.
— Identity Theft. Protecting against identity theft especially if you have lost important documents.