Planning to "live less dangerously from wildfire," also means planning for your financial safety. It is always a good idea to document your belongings in case you need to file an insurance claim. Before this wildfire season, take steps to make a home inventory. Should you have to make a claim, it will be much easier if you have pictures and other documentation including receipts, appraisals, credit card statements or other transaction documents and identification numbers.
State Farm is NFPA’s partner and sponsor for the Year of Living Less Dangerously from Wildfire. They have a home inventory checklist that can help you get started on this important task. You can start by documenting items you own room by room. It is also a good idea to download and include pictures along with these scanned documents. Once you have created your list and have downloaded the pictured and other scanned items e-mail it to someone that you trust and copy yourself. You can save the files in a folder on your email account. If there are large files you can PDF them and save them in a folder in your email account. That is a great way to store photos and information so that if something happens to your home the information is available online and not damaged or destroyed.