As winter storms thrash the country, I’m sure many of you are hustling to protect your belongings. You’ve got to check your tires, your home and even your important documents. That’s right: Your passports, birth certificates and tax documents are things you don’t want to be without in case the worst happens.
Here’s one step you just can’t skip: Secure your important papers. You don’t want to also lose your Social Security card or even the deed to your house. Tap or click here for three protective measures you should take before a storm hits.
You need to digitize important documents and photos. That’s where Epson, my sponsor, can help you. Their high-speed digital photo scanner lets you preserve your important photos and documents in no time — so whenever a storm hits, you’ve got some much-needed peace of mind.
Wondering what to scan? Start here
When you’re in an emergency, it can be hard to prioritize your belongings. You’re so distracted by disaster that it’s hard to think straight. That’s why I put together this list of important documents you need to make digital copies of as soon as possible. You don’t want to wait until something happens and you’re scrambling to gather what you need.
I’m sure you know that when you buy a home, you rack up hundreds of documents. Of those, eight are essential papers you’ve got to make copies of:
|Buyer’s agent agreement||Purchase agreement||Addenda, amendments or riders||Seller disclosures|
|Home inspection report||Closing disclosure||Title insurance policy||Property deed|
These will be critical in proving homeownership, no matter what happens. You should also make copies of other documents you’ll need in case of emergency, like these:
|U.S. passport||Certificate of U.S. citizenship||Unexpired foreign passport||Birth certificate|
|Social Security card||House deed||Driver’s license||Native American tribal documentation|
|ID card issued by the federal, |
state or local government agencies
|School ID cards with photographs||Voter registration card||Daycare or nursery school records|
|Clinic, doctor or hospital records||U.S. military card or draft record||Military dependent’s ID card||Tax documents|
So, now you know exactly what to preserve. You’re prepared for the worst. How should you go about digitizing those things? I recommend the Epson FastFoto Scanner. It makes the whole process quick and easy!
It’s the world’s fastest personal photo scanner
When you’re rushing around trying to keep your things safe, you don’t have time for a slow scanner. Imagine how much time it would take to create digital copies of every precious scrap of paper in your home. Between the time you spend finding them and waiting for each to scan, hours could slip through your fingers like sand.
That’s not a problem with the Epson FastFoto Scanner, which can scan both sides of your photos and documents in speeds up to one photo per second. Plus, it restores faded photos with automatic color restoration. That means all you have to do is throw in your important papers and they’ll be automatically enhanced — how cool is that?
I also love the way Epson streamlines your workflow: Just scan your document, preview and edit it, and then you’re ready to save and start sharing. Unlike most scanners, Epson’s gadgets convert your documents into searchable PDFs.
Now, if you’ve ever worked in a PDF, you know computers struggle to recognize characters. They’ll confuse A’s with O’s and so on, which makes searching through your PDFs a time-wasting mess.
The Epson FastFoto Scanner, on the other hand, uses an advanced engine for character recognition to help you find what you need as soon as possible. This way, you won’t be bogged down when disaster strikes. Instead, you’ll be prepared with all the important papers you need.
Epson FastFoto makes scanning easy
If you’ve ever had one of those scanners that you have to feed documents into one at a time, you know how annoying that can be.
The Epson FastFoto Scanner can handle up to 36 photos and documents at once. You’ll breeze through your papers in the blink of an eye, and all with two-sided scanning, wireless connectivity, and auto-upload and backup.
Plus, after you scan, you can directly upload your papers to Dropbox and Google Drive. You can even share your photos or artwork through email, social media and messaging. Want to create slideshows or custom photo books to preserve your photos? You can do that, too, with the Epson FastFoto Scanner.
Let me tell you about one of my favorite features: Auto-naming. This lets you categorize and keep track of everything you put through the scanner. Whenever you scan a photo, Epson automatically checks for dates and notes on the back of your images. Say goodbye to wasted hours you used to spend scanning the fronts and backs of your photos. Even better, Epson automatically organizes the photos by date and subject. How convenient is that?
So if you have boxes of old photos or papers, now’s the time to digitize them. It’s never been easier.
Check out the Epson FastFoto Scanner at Micro Center, Office Depot and Epson.com/FastFotoKim.