The other day I mentioned to Gizmo Guy that I really should be storing my backups offsite “just in case” of a fire* or other disaster. We started talking about all the things we needed to protect.

Today Gizmo Guy brought home a small fireproof safe so I started gathering things to put into it. I started with a DVD that I’d burnt as a backup of all my data on my hard drive — music, photos, and most importantly all my writing docs. (Gizmo Guy has taken a copy of that to his office as well “just in case”.)

I twittered about trying to decide what to put into it and quite a few people responded with the following ideas.

  • Photos (especially irreplaceable ones from when the children are little) stored on a disk or a flash drive, 
  • passports, 
  • insurance documents, 
  • social security cards, 
  • birth certificates, 
  • marriage certificates (and divorce certificates if we’d had them)
  • wills and power of attorney papers
  • a list of account #s and passwords
  • retirement or investment income papers
  • photos of everything in the house, including the house itself for insurance purposes (GREAT idea that had never occurred to me.)
  • and of course any valuable jewelry

Hmm, I suspect I may be needing to acquire a bigger fireproof safe. Ours is just about filled with only our wills, passports and power of attorney papers. Oh, and a couple of back-up disks that we’d originally bought it for. And I’m also wondering if by putting everything in the safe I may have opened ourselves up to problems should we ever be burgled.  You see, while I’m terrified of fire, I’ve been lucky enough not to live in a house that’s caught fire. But I HAVE been burgled before. (Which is what gave me the idea for Nikki’s burglary in Texas Tangle.)

Tell me, is there anything I’ve left off the list?

In the meantime, I’m going to make sure I have lots of these on hand:

A Different Type of Protection
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3 thoughts on “A Different Type of Protection

  • September 22, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    Car title
    Deed to property

  • September 23, 2010 at 11:04 am

    A very good idea!!!

    in Germany

  • September 28, 2010 at 4:44 pm

    You may want to reconsider those backup disks. The safe may be fireproof but it'll still get pretty darned hot if it is engulfed. That means your disk will warp and be ruined. I store backups (in fact everything now) in a Dropbox account. It is free and you can access your files from any computer or smartphone. I highly recommend it – especially for writers.

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