If you only had 15 minutes to evacuate your home, would you be ready?
Many have experienced voluntary evacuations, but I wonder how many of us are prepared for a mandatory one? It’s worth spending some time on this topic. An evacuation box could spare you from panicking – and possibly save lives. A number of years ago, my wife and I had to take emergency cover from a tornado headed our way. We had little time to react so Ann rushed around grabbing everything she thought was important to preserve. I remember being in a tornado shelter and Ann holding our checkbook and our wedding pictures.
Now, I assume your important paperwork is filed or kept in a safe. Make digital and printed copies prior to an emergency. Personal documents will be one of the most important things you’ll carry with you if told to evacuate. You can protect originals by storing them in a waterproof case or a zip-lock bag. Here are some things to take if evacuating: your driver’s license, Social Security card, passports, birth and marriage certificates, proof of insurance, financial information, the deed to your house, and necessary prescriptions. Now I could go on and on, but these are the basics. Some of these things may be stored on your computer, but make sure you can access all of your passwords. The good news is, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” (Psalm 46:1) It’s just important for us to do what we can before an emergency ever arises.
Now if you’re tempted to do a cash-out refinance because you’re overloaded with credit card debt, Contact Christian Credit Counselors. They can create a debt management plan that will work for you. For more information call the Crown Helpline: 800-722-1976 or visit online at crown.org/ccc.