What information should I have in my household inventory?

A complete household inventory consists of:

• a description of each item owned (include model and serial numbers)

• the date you acquired it and how much you paid for it if you purchased it

• its current value

The more detailed the information, the better.

To complement written records, include digital camera files, photographs, or videos. One method would be to film from one end of your house to the other, providing information and commentary on your possessions (this …

How can I organize my personal and financial papers in case of an emergency?

Organizing your personal and financial documents in case of emergency is a smart thing to do. Having these documents organized and available will help get your finances on track in the event of a crisis such as a death in the family or recovery following a natural disaster.

The Emergency Financial First Aid Kit at http://www.operationhope.org/images/uploads/Files/effak2.pdf is an excellent tool to get your papers in order.

You may also want to create a “Grab ‘n’ Go” box that is portable, …