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Fourteen Documents to Rush Out the Door With in a Fire

With wildfire season underway, Californians in potential fire zones should take the following documents as they rush out the door:

Fourteen documents to secure in the event of fire or other disaster (Copies or originals of many of these documents should be in a bank safe-deposit box or in a fireproof safe):

1. Birth certificates, marriage licenses, military discharge papers, death certificates, wills, trusts and other important life-event documents:

2. Property titles;

3. Social Security cards;

4. Passports;

5. Insurance records;

6. Credit card numbers and contacts;

7. Automobile pink slips;

8. Medical records, including prescription numbers;

9. Records of passwords and IDs for bank accounts and Web sites you frequently use;

10. Phone numbers and addresses for relatives, friends, physicians and other important contacts;

11. Federal and state income tax returns for the past three years;

12. Receipts for high-end purchases such as jewelry, fine art and high-tech equipment;

13. Bonds and stock certificates; and

14. Household inventory.

For additional information regarding how to financially prepare for a potential disaster, check with a certified public accountant who is a member of the California Society of CPAs (www.calcpa.org).



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