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Are you prepared? How to back up your emergency records

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Imagine losing everything on your computer. You probably have important files, from treasured family photos to PDFs with highly sensitive medical or work information. That’s why you should digitize emergency records on USB drives.

If you don’t digitally back up your important files, they’re as good as gone. A natural disaster could destroy your physical backups even if you locked away essential documents in a file cabinet. Creating digital versions of important medical, insurance and identifying papers can help in an emergency.

Don’t forget how big of a risk burglary is, either — they could root around your cabinets and run off with private information. If you don’t digitize emergency records, you could be in a world of hurt. Tap or click here for nine simple ways to protect your home from burglars.

Here’s what you need to do

Set yourself up with a USB survival stick. For maximum security, set up a few flash drives and thumb drives with everything you need in case of an emergency. There’s a lot you’ll want to have backed up, like:

  • Birth certificate.
  • Social Security card.
  • Passport.
  • Driver’s license.
  • Medical IDs.
  • Medical history.
  • Marriage certificate.
  • Tax and insurance records.
  • Land and property deeds.
  • Any other general licenses you’ll need to have on hand.

Of course, you’ll probably also want to back up important photos and videos. After all, you don’t want to lose family portraits or pictures of happy memories. Tap or click here to organize your messy photo collection in four simple steps.

Take some time to download these files onto a USB for emergencies

Maybe you got lost on vacation and you need to verify your identity. That can be tough when you’re in an unfamiliar country and don’t know how to get home. Navigating complex travel regulations is hard, so you should give yourself a leg up by carrying this emergency USB with your backups wherever you go.

Even if you aren’t vacationing, it can be helpful. Slip a USB stick into your backpack when hiking in the wilderness so people can identify you and help you find your way back. Keep it inside your work desk in case anything happens to your home.

Oh, and don’t forget to encrypt everything! You don’t want people to steal all the important stuff on your USB stick

Bottom line: Backups can make your life easier when you’re struggling. But USB sticks aren’t your only backup option. You can also back up everything to the cloud, which you can access anywhere from any device.

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