Emergency Financial Preparedness

Preparing for hurricane season means more than stocking up on extra batteries.

It also means being prepared financially and ensuring important documents are kept organized and away from where they could be lost or damaged. Getting your financial records and documents in order now can save you time and stress following a hurricane or other emergency.

Keep reading to learn more about how you can ensure your finances are prepared for anything.

Download your financial preparedness kit (PDF)

Click the link above to download your own financial prepareness kit, provided courtesy of Hawaii Community Federal Credit Union. Use the first page of the kit as a checklist to verify you have copies of all the applicable documents and forms you may need to prove your identity or property ownership. The kit's second page is intended to help you track all of your important contacts, financial institutions and insurers you may need to reach in case of an emergency, along with some helpful government resources.

Budget for emergencies

Being prepared means you're ready long before disaster hits. The Federal Emergency Management Agency recommends people create a budget for any expenses related to disasters, such as:

  • Insurance deductibles
  • Evacuation and temporary shelter
  • Essentials like gas, food, shelter and emergency medical help

Protect your valuables

Inventory all your valuable possessions with video and/or photos, which could be helpful if you need to file an insurance claim.

Keep one hard copy of your inventory in a lockable fire-proof box at home and a second in a safe deposit box or in digital form on a flash drive kept in a second location away from home.

Hawaii Community Federal Credit Union’s Hilo Branch currently has safe deposit boxes for rent. Call 930-7700 for more information.

Check your documents

Make sure you’ve got the following documents in a safe place. They could be critical when filing claims or applying for financial relief and assistance. Then, download the financial disaster preparedness kit and keep it in a safe place with a copy of your documents.

  • Photo ID
  • Birth certificates
  • Social Security cards
  • Housing payments
  • Insurance policies
  • Tax statements
  • Physician information
  • Health insurance information
  • Medications
  • Immunization records

Stay connected

Make sure you’ve got the following documents in a safe place. They could be critical when filing claims or applying for financial relief and assistance. Then, download the financial disaster preparedness kit and keep it in a safe place with a copy of your documents.

  • Financial institutions
  • Insurance agents
  • Health professionals
  • Service providers
  • Community organizations

Additional resources

Learn more about how to prepare your finances for hurricanes and other emergencies at the following links

 

U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Ph: 1-800-621-FEMA

Hawaii Emergency Management Agency

Ph: 808-733-4300

County of Hawaii Civil Defense Agency

Ph: 808-935-0031

Hawaiian Electric Emergency Preparedness Checklist (PDF)