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Hearing about people's woes created by Superstorm Sandy underscores the importance of having a home inventory for a Stafford County professional organizer.

Date published: 1/13/2013


A home inventory is just one of a number of important documents that people should compile in case they have to evacuate if there's an emergency, such as a fire, storm or an earthquake like the one that rattled this area in 2011.

Clevenger began putting together a list for clients after hearing of people's experiences in Sandy's wake. It includes such things as contact information for family members, financial advisors and insurance agents, as well as forms of personal identification such as birth certificates, Social Security cards, driver's licenses and passports. These can be either originals or photocopies.

These documents should be kept together along with such things as account numbers for banks, credit unions, credit cards and investments; a marriage certificate, divorce degree or custody agreement; a will and/or trust documents; a recent tax return; military discharge papers; computer user names and passwords; and list of prescriptions.

Clevenger also recommends photocopying both sides of credit cards and driver's licenses.

"That can come in handy if your wallet is stolen," she said.

All the information should be kept together in a file or on a CD or a flash drive so it can be quickly grabbed and taken out of the house in an emergency. Copies should be stored in such places as a safe-deposit box or given to a trusted relative.

"The important thing is to have a copy stored some place besides your home," Clevenger said. "It doesn't do any good if it's lost in a flood or fire or whatever."

Cathy Jett: 540/374-5407
Email: cjett@freelancestar.com

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