Lone Star Legal Aid

Prepared, Not scared. Part 2: Safeguarding Important Documents

You and your family’s personal safety comes first when preparing for a disaster. Disasters can take lives, homes, cars, as well as all of your personal belongings. Having your financial, medical, and identification information and documentation safe is vital to start the recovery process.

Taking the time to protect these documents will save you from unnecessary stress following a disaster. You can also use this time to protect valuables, like photos and other priceless items.

Here are some things to consider when gathering your documents:

1. You’ll need to be able to identify yourself and your household members, including children and pets. This may include:

2. You’ll need financial and legal documentation if your home or income are impacted by a disaster. This may include:

3. You’ll need medical documentation to seek or continue care. This may include:

4. You’ll need contact information for emergency services or other household obligations. This may include:

5. You’ll also want to protect items that hold personal or sentimental value to you or your family. This may include:

How to safeguard this information:

Lone Star Legal Aid is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit law firm focused on advocacy on behalf of low-income and underserved populations. Lone Star Legal Aid serves millions of people at 125% of federal poverty guidelines that reside in 72 counties in the eastern and Gulf Coast regions of Texas, and 4 counties of southwest Arkansas. Lone Star Legal Aid focuses its resources on maintaining, enhancing, and protecting income and economic stability; preserving housing; improving outcomes for children; establishing and sustaining family safety and stability, health and well‐being; and assisting populations with special vulnerabilities, like those who have disabilities, or who are elderly, homeless, or have limited English language skills. To learn more about Lone Star Legal Aid, you can call us at (800) 733-8394, at our disaster survivor hotline at (866) 659-0666, or visit our website at www.lonestarlegal.org.

Media contact: Clarissa Ayala, cayala@lonestarlegal.org.