Unfortunately, natural disasters a part of our lives and we will usually have little to no warning before they strike. This year was no exception, with the wildfires in California destroying more than 600 homes and Hurricane Lane in Hawaii forcing people to evacuate their properties. Additionally, climate change might very well cause a dramatic increase in natural disasters in the very near future.

When a natural disaster strikes, people often lose not only their homes but also all of their important documents, photos, and sentimental mementos. These losses are often unrecoverable and nearly always cause serious hardship.

Take a look at the map below. It shows the disaster zones based on the total number of natural disasters from 1995 to 2015.

Why this is important?
Since 1995 the total number of disasters in the United Sates alone is 472. Clearly, if you are located there you must consider taking care of your documents as the chances of losing them due to the natural disaster is high.

How to protect my documents?
First of all make sure you have copied or scanned everything important. You can put it all in a safe or safety deposit box, but in many cases even that will not be sufficient. Fire, earthquakes, and floods are all likely to destroy everything in