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June 1 until November 30 is hurricane season, and as we all know, a lot can happen in those six months. From heavy rains to catastrophic storms, it's important to be prepared. Aside from the batteries, water, canned goods and other essential items you'll automatically add to your disaster supply kit, this is to remind you to pack copies of these important personal and financial documents:

  • Federal and State Tax Returns (at least the last 3 years)

  • Essential medical history, insurance card and policy, doctor's contact info, presecription list

  • Mortgage, rental/lease contracts

  • Homeowners, renters, car insurance policies and agent contact info

  • Photos & Videos of your home's contents and vehicles, receipts & warranties for major purchases

  • Pay stubs and an emergency contact list for your employer and coworkers

  • Savings and checking accounts and Credit Card information

  • Retirement account records

  • Copies of drivers' licenses, state issued or military ID

  • Birth or adoption records, child custody papers

  • Social Security Information

  • Power of Attorney, Wills

While it seems like a lot of information, it is nonetheless critical if you need to evacuate and claim losses following a disaster. You can scan and save personal data to a flash drive, or store your files remotely in the cloud. Be sure to include cash in your supply kit as power outages may mean banks will be closed and ATM and credit cards useless until everything is back up and running.


Louisiana School Tuition and Expense Tax Deduction in effect since the 2010-2011 school year. Louisiana families are reminded to retain receipts as documentation for back-to-school items that might be eligible for the Louisiana School Tuition and Expense Tax Deduction. The deduction applies to 50 percent of the cost of eligible items, up to $5,000 per student.



This page was last updated: 6/22/17

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