Storm Preparations (This post is long, but important)
OK, so another big storm is approaching. What are the preparations that you need to undertake in order that you, your family, and your possessions are safe?
You need to have your computing device (whether it be a laptop, tablet, or desktop computer) in good working order so it can be packed in your car and go with you in case you need to evacuate. For computers that you’re going to leave at home, you need to:
Consider putting the desktop computer, as well as any other water sensitive electronics, in your dishwasher. It is waterproof and anchored to your home and should be safe and in good working order when you return.
• You should be using OneDrive or another cloud service. This allows you to easily store and access your files from all your devices. In the event your computer is rendered inoperable due to the storm, you’ll still be able to access the files from anywhere that you have an Internet connection.
• Shutdown the operating system.
• If connected to a surge protector or UPS – unplug the surge protector or UPS from the wall outlet (or unplug power cables from the surge protector or UPS if wall outlet not accessible.)
• If no surge protector – unplug the power cables from the wall outlet (or back of the computer if wall outlet is not accessible.)
• Unplug Ethernet cable from back of computer or docking station.
• Power off the printer.
• If connected to a surge protector – unplug the surge protector from the wall outlet (or unplug power cable from the surge protector if wall outlet not accessible.)
• If no surge protector – unplug the power cable from the wall outlet (or back of the printer if wall outlet is not accessible.)
• Unplug the Ethernet cable from the back of the printer.
• Unplug phone cable from the back of the printer (if fax line connected.)
The following is a list of important documents which in the best-case scenario, you have already scanned an placed on a thumb drive and copied to your cloud storage service. If you need to evacuate don’t forget to take your thumb drive with you containing these documents. If needed you can plug it into any working computer and print them out. If it’s too close to landfall and you don’t have time to scan them, then gather these documents up and place them in a waterproof container. You should also use your smart phone and walk through your house taking pictures or filming your furniture, opening the drawers and filming what’s inside, in the garage, opening toolboxes, as well as any other valuable items that you may have to leave behind.
Listed below are the important documents (or scans of these documents) and things that you should take with you in the event you need to leave your home because of the hurricane.
• Apartment or condo leases
• Home or other property deeds (mortgage, etc.)
• Estate documents
• Insurance Policy Information & Cards:
o Health, Life
o Homeowners, Fire
• Inventory of possessions and their value
• Photos or video of your home and possessions
• List of important phone numbers
• Flood insurance documents
• Vehicle titles, leases, loan documents, etc.
• Financial statements (accounts, tax returns)
• Stocks and bonds
• Copies of recent bills (power, water, etc.)
• Government financial assistance award letters
• Birth certificates or proof of citizenship
• Social security cards
• Employment contracts or other legal documents
• Medical records, x-rays, benefits documents, etc.
• Education records (report cards, etc.)
• Duplicate prescription from doctor
• Computer backup (on a CD, DVD, etc.)
• Paperwork for your pets (e.g. medical records)
• Copies of important keys
MOST OF ALL, STAY SAFE.