Prepare copies of important documents

Your emergency kit should contain up to date copies of important documents. These can be photocopies kept in a waterproof bag or scanned copies stored on a USB flash drive.

Here is a list to get you started (remember, you may have more documents which you consider important so make sure to include those as well).

  • Insurance documents for your house, contents, cars and valuable items
  • Inventory of valuable household goods
  • Wills and life insurance documents
  • House deeds / mortgage documents
  • Birth and marriage certificates
  • Passports / visa details
  • Stocks and bonds
  • Medicare, pension card details and immunisation records
  • Bank account and credit card details
  • Backup copies of important computer files

Don’t forget a copy of your Get Ready Queensland emergency plan.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: How big a memory stick do I need?

A: Most important documents when scanned do not take up much space at all. A one gigabyte USB stick will hold quite a few documents. If you would also like to put photographs of your household contents for insurance purposes, or if you have a lot of electronic files you wish to keep backed up you may want to look at a bigger USB flash drive or a small portable hard drive.

Q: Do I need to have copies certified?

A: It’s always a good idea to have copies of legal documents certified by a Justice of the Peace (JP). Preparing now goes a long way to preventing any issues arising after a disaster event.

Q: What if I can quickly pick up the files I need before I leave? Won’t that be enough?

A: It’s always easy to think about the disasters we know about. Many areas of Queensland are flood prone or in cyclone areas. However, even these places can have bushfires, earthquakes and unexpected disaster events which can mean a rapid evacuation is needed. Stopping to pack up things in a disaster situation can put your life and the lives of others at risk. So choosing to spend a few minutes now to copy documents could be a life-saving decision.


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