On Bauer Business Focus – a conversation on how to prepare financial documents for the hurricane season.
Whitney Bank Loan Officer Veronica Martinez stopped by Bauer Business Focus to discuss the financial documents Houstonians should keep on hand in anticipation of major storms.
“Copies of your I.D, passports, birth certificates,” Martinez said. “But also recent tax returns, property deeds, your insurance policies and account numbers. If you have to file a claim, they’ll want to see photos of your home and personal property. And a couple other items like your recent bank or credit card systems and mortgage paperwork, just to name a few.”
According to Martinez, anyone evacuating for a storm should also make sure to keep extra cash on hand.
“When you go to the bank and get cash, make sure that you get small denominations,” she added. “But don’t tell everybody that you have that cash. Only tell your family members that need to know.”
Staying up to date on social media can also be beneficial in the event of a storm brewing in the Gulf, Martinez added.
“One of the best ways to keep in contact with your bank is liking them and following them on social media. That’s one of the best ways to stay up to date with updates on bank closures, if your bank is going to close, or maybe if they’re going to close early,” she said.
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