Step 4: Minimize Financial Hardship

Minimize financial hardship by organizing important documents, strengthening your property, and considering insurance.

Earthquakes may last only seconds but they can shake up our lives for weeks and months to come. You can minimize your financial hardship by organizing important documents, strengthening your property and considering earthquake insurance.

Organize Important Documents in a "Grab and Go" Bag

You may need to leave your house quickly after an earthquake, if there's a fire, etc. To help you organize the most important information you will need, begin with designating a “grab-and-go” backpack or bag. Consider what documents you will need if you are away from home for an extended time (such as what you will need as identification, to reach loved ones, to file an insurance claim, etc.) Put all of these important documents in a sealed plastic bag, then place it into your "grab-and-go" bag. Leave your "grab-and-go" somewhere you can get to easily.

Consider what important documents you will need:

  • Copies of identification.
  • Copies of insurance cards.
  • List of emergency contact numbers.
  • Photos of belongings in your home. (This will help you file an insurance claim)