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How many of us have our documents in one place where there easily accessable? Do you have duplicates that can be easily gotten at? Is your passport up to date? I discovered mine expires in 60 days. Do you have a couple of birth certificates in different places? What about credit cards, do you have their numbers written down and the emergancy numbers on the backs of them incase you have to call and cancell them? What about car, boat, motorcycle and other titles? What about deeds to property? In an emergancy bug out situation, can you prove ownership of all you have? What are your suggestions? are you prepared and organized?:dunno:

· YourAdministrator, eh?
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Both Wildmist and I have our own fireproof-safe to keep our documents seperated for easy location. You can see a picture of the safe that we have in the .pdf that I created about protecting yourself in case of fire.

Any documents that we need to have on our body (purse / wallet) at all times are on us, but, there is a laminated photocopy of each one (both-sides) in each of our safes. Birth certificates, credit-cards, drivers-licence, banking information, important addresses, important phone numbers, digital-photo-DVDs and CD's and SD-cards of stuff in the house showing model-numbers and serial numbers, tools ... easy to do and in case of fire or theft, we have records of everything ...

That reminds me - I just got some new tools - got to do more photography ..

· YourAdministrator, eh?
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Breaking news

One of my co-workers just visited my little cave (AKA - Office). He told me that a couple blocks from his house a fire went up ... I'll let you all read the online-story: Fire guts Airdrie homes - Calgary Sun

CalgarySun said:
Fire guts Airdrie homes

Four houses went up in flames in Airdrie Monday night after a fire in a garage spread to neighbouring homes on Spring Cres.

Fire broke out in the garage of one of the homes, neighbours said, just before 9 p.m.

Eyewitness Jessica Baumann said she heard a loud explosion of a vehicle, one of the three consumed by the massive blaze.

"It's horrible," said the 17-year-old area resident.

"I saw one of the trucks blow up," said Baumann.

"It's like a massive firework," she said.

Neighbours stood on the streets watching fire crews battle the blaze as thick smoke billowed in the dark sky.

Kristy Brons, who lives across from 152 Springs Cres. where the fire started, said at least three houses were toppled by the giant blaze by 10:30 p.m. while another one is fully engulfed and a second one was starting to burn.

Brons said just before 9 p.m. she saw a couch on fire inside a garage from across her house.

"The guy ran out of the garage and the whole thing went out in flames," said Brons.

"By the time I phoned the neighbour to alert them that the house beside is on fire they were running out of their house evacuating," she said.

Brons said the fire was so huge that her house windows and sidings were burned.

Richard Dering, who lives on the other side of town, was drawn to the area by the large plume of smoke.

"There were four houses involved and a couple of vehicles," he said.

"It's one of the things with these houses only being a few feet apart they go up pretty quick, and with the vinyl siding it makes it that much worse."

Fire officials were unavailable for comment at press time.

Airdrie Fire Chief Sheldon Leavitt said that no one was injured was the best they could have hoped for.

"At this point there's no injuries, both the occupants and the crews that were on scene," he said.

"Given the magnitude of the fires, we're very pleased no one was hurt."

Devastated homeowners are being looked after by the city's victim services, said Leavitt.

"Unfortunately this is more of a reality, where you have a single home on fire, you can count three other homes being involved," he said.

Houses are constructed too close to each other and the materials used are highly flammable, said Leavitt.

He could not confirm reports about a couch on fire, from where witnesses said the blaze started.

Three homes have been totalled while the extent of damage to the fourth house was unknown.

The cause and origin of the blaze are under investigation and the estimate of damages is yet to be determined.

- with files from Scott Mitchell, QMI Agency

· Member
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We also have a fire-safe. All important documents (and some not so important ;) ) are inside, in different legal envelopes, w/ the contents listed on each envelope. As far as a passport, I've never had one and don't see the need for one in the future. :D I've been pricing gun safes lately as I currently have a steel gun cabinet that offers no fire protection whatsoever. :(


· Survival and Handgun Podcaster
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Originals of all of our important documents are in 2 places. Pictures on CD's are also in both places. A fire safe in our home and a safe deposit box at our local bank. As NaeKid said, whatever we have to keep on our person, we do. I also stay armed and have learned a few skills to help protect myself if anyone tries to get what's in my wallet.

I like the idea of laminating copies, I didn't think of that. I need to do that.

· Comic Relief Member
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I have copies of everything in my fireproof safe. I also have scanned copies of everything in two flash drives which are stored in two separate places (encrypted, of course). The contents of my entire PC are also backed up on a 32Gig flash drive (done weekly).

· I am a little teapot
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We don't do much with the computer as far as having anything important on it that would need backed up, other than photos, which we keep on the camera card as well as dropping onto the computer. When we fill up a card we buy a new one rather than deleting it and having to back up the photos on some other media.

For vehicle titles, insurance policies, madical info, etc, we do the fire safe thing as well. Our safe is small enough that if the situation allows, we can grab it as we go. If not, we have copies of most documents.

That brings up another point-our HP printer that came with our PC is also a photocopier. You don't have to run to the copy shop any more and pay a dime a sheet for copies-it can be done easily and relatively cheaply in your own home with readily available computer equipment.
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