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  •  Thanks, Diana in NoVa (5+ / 0-)

    There are so many things that would help if dealt with in advance.

    Scanning copies of insurance policies, lists of your belongings that might need to be replaced, copies of irreplaceable photos...

    I've considered running a drill where my husband and I would have 5 minutes to grab what we needed and be in the car and out the door.

    Those who do not understand history are condemned to repeat it... in summer school.

    by cassandracarolina on Tue May 21, 2013 at 07:58:13 AM PDT

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    •  Cassandra, this very mornning Dropbox kindly (2+ / 0-)
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      offered to upload ALL my photos to its mysterious cyberpalace.  I accepted with gratitude.

      Now, if I could just figure out how to upload my non-image files to Dropbox, I'd be in good shape.  My external hard drive has gone on strike and refuses to back up my files, but I'm not technical enough to fix it.  So it would be a waste of time to grab it and flee if a disaster struck.

      The five-minute drill is a good idea--we'd have to grab the strongbox containing passports, birth certificates, et al., along with the dog and his files. He's microchipped, but we have to keep his rabies tag and dog license in a file folder because he has a distressing habit of removing his collar.

      "Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich."--Napoleon

      by Diana in NoVa on Tue May 21, 2013 at 08:06:41 AM PDT

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      •  There are some other cloud drive providers (3+ / 0-)

        that will store any sort of files. In a pinch, you can e-mail them to yourself and/or save them on the increasingly cheap USB drives. Attach the drive to the key ring with your car keys or purse or go-bag to ensure you'll have it with you (you might want to password-protect the files in case of theft!)

        Those who do not understand history are condemned to repeat it... in summer school.

        by cassandracarolina on Tue May 21, 2013 at 08:15:14 AM PDT

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        •  Spideroak does client-side encryption, (1+ / 0-)
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          making them a bit safer for storing documents like insurance information.

          They'll store anything in a folder, just tell it which locations you want synced to storage.

          Prayers and best wishes to those in Boston, in Texas, and for this week to be over without anything else happening.

          by Cassandra Waites on Tue May 21, 2013 at 08:22:18 AM PDT

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