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Tips for Disaster Preparedness from the IRS

After a tornado, flood, fire, or any disaster, your financial, insurance, medical and other records can be vital to starting the recovery process. The IRS and other agencies offer tips to create a disaster plan.

Keep your documents in a safe place and remember that electronic copies can make them both portable and easy to access.

Document your valuables with pictures or video, which may make it easier to claim insurance and tax benefits, if necessary.

If you use cloud storage research a secure system. When storing on a flash drive, keep it in a secure place off-site from your home.

The IRS (IRS.gov) has a disaster loss workbook that can help you compile a room-by-room list of belongings.  Your insurance company may also have information available to help you.

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