Think of all the documents you may need, such as stocks, deeds, vehicle titles, passports, insurance policies, Social Security Cards, membership forms, wills, contracts, and agreements. It is a good idea to have the originals of these documents stored in one location, and copies stored in another. You may wish to get a fireproof safe, but if you do not have one you might consider placing all your important papers in a zip storage bag and then place that bag in your freezer. This will protect them in the event of a fire, but be sure the plastic bag does not become torn over time.
Many people keep a recent photo of each family member, as well as photos of pets with their important papers.
Perhaps the most important documents to have on hand during an emergency is cash. After a natural disaster such as an earthquake, hurricane or flood, many of the convenient ways we spend and get money no longer exist. Automatic teller machines, credit card networks, even the banks themselves are often inoperable. It is then that we return to cash only transactions, and unless you already have some money saved in a safe place you will be unable to make purchases.