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Tips to prepare a financial first-aid kit

If disaster strikes, do you have a financial first-aid that contains your insurance, banking and other information?

September is National Preparedness Month — and the Postal Service wants employees to prepare in advance for unexpected financial emergencies.

In the event of an emergency, you’ll likely need a financial first-aid kit that contains your insurance, banking and other information.

Here’s what the kit should include:

  • Images of important documents and personal belongings to help quickly file insurance claims
  • Copies of critical personal documents including a medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, a deed or lease to your home, passports, birth certificates and insurance policies
  • A small amount of cash in case ATMs aren’t available

Also, consider establishing a savings account specifically for emergencies.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s site has additional instructions for creating an emergency financial first-aid kit.

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