In addition to crucial emergency supplies, people in the path of a hurricane should take important steps to protect their financial well-being from a hurricane. Information gathered from the Internal Revenue Service and Don't Mess with Taxes.
Disastrous storms can cause widespread power outages, creating a need to pack other necessities in a disaster kit.
Make sure to pack a first aid kit and tons of extra batteries.
See the complete list from the National Hurricane Center .
Water is necessary to sustain life. Pack a lot of drinkable water in case power outages stops water pumps.
If bottled water isn't an option, fill containers from the tap before the power goes out.
Since storms can cause large power outages, pack food that doesn't spoil without refrigeration.
Canned foods and other non-perishable items are ideal. Be sure to bring a non-electric can opener.
Back up your important documents to an electronic format using a scanner.
Store the files on a flash drive or data DVD, and send them to someone you trust who lives outside of the area threatened by the hurricane.
Be sure to password protect your files in order to prevent identity theft.
Take pictures of every room in your house, making sure to document all of your important valuables.
Store the pictures on as you would your electronic backups, with a friend, away from the disaster zone.
The IRS has a disaster loss workbook that can help taxpayers make a list of belongings by room.
In addition to an electronic backup, keep insurance files, tax and medical records, account numbers and other important forms stored securely in a safe or safety deposit box.
Keep copies of this important information on hand in a manageable waterproof container.
A little bit of extra cash can go a long way in a disaster.
Due to widespread power outages ATMs will be offline, eliminating your ability to access funds in your accounts.
While machines that can run credit cards will most likely be unavailable directly after the storm, in the long run, a credit card could be crucial to the recovery process.
Since you may need to charge your purchases for the coming weeks, make sure your card has a big enough balance available.
Who knows, you may have to live in a motel for a little bit.
In case of a medical emergency during the disaster, know your insurance policies and what is covered.
Fill up on prescriptions before the storm in order to cut down on wait time and lack of availability later.
In addition to keeping your house insurance up to date, homeowners can protect their investment by tying down yard items or storing them inside.
Use plywood to protect windows from damage by flying debris.
Check out What you need to know in an emergency, for more tips on how to prepare for a disaster.