Vital Records Protection for Families
Emergencies can occur at any time. They can be confined to a small area or cause destruction over a large area of the state or country. Planning now for how your family will respond to emergencies large and small can increase your safety and even reduce the amount of time it takes to return to normal in the aftermath. For important information on personal preparedness for all emergencies, please consult readync.org.
When planning for emergencies, remember to include protection of vital records as part of your response plan. Among other things, vital records can protect your rights, secure your health, and document your financial assets. Identifying the types of documents you have is the first step in protecting them.
Essential records are those you would need immediately after an emergency, particularly if you have to evacuate your home at a momentís notice. Essential records may include: birth certificate, medical records, Social Security card, diverís license or other identification, insurance records, bank account information, contracts or leases, pet records, and backups of important computer records. High risk records are those that protect your financial and legal assets. While they may be duplicated elsewhere, including at government offices, a loss of these records from all sources would prove severe. They may include: legal records (such as adoptions, divorce settlements, child support and alimony records), property deeds, leases, marriage certificate, military service records, mortgage records, motor vehicle titles, passport, will and estate records, investment records, diplomas and other educational certificates, income tax records, and documentation of household goods. Historically important records are items that are irreplaceable to your or your family. They may include: family documents, Bibles, letters, memorabilia, photographs, and scrapbooks.
The following guidelines will help protect your family records:
If you would like additional information on preparing to protect your vital records in the event of an emergency, please contact the Preservation Officer at the State Archives of North Carolina at (919) 807-7339 or email@example.com
Last Modified: 04/30/2012
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