Hey, guys. It’s Bette Hochberger, CPA, CGMA here. And as you might notice, I’m not in my office. One organization that I personally, my whole family, and my firm really supports is Boy Scouts of America. And guess what? They take girls. So I’m actually here for a week camping in the very hot and very muggy Northern Florida. But another thing about Scouts you might not know is the motto is to be prepared. So on today’s Tax Tip Tuesday, I want to talk about how to be prepared for natural disasters, like hurricane season. So those of you who are relatively new to Florida might not have ever experienced this.

But things you need to be aware of are that you can lose your power in Florida during a hurricane. You can have a flood. You can have a lot of property damage. And you might need to be able to get ahold of some essential documents. So how do you get prepared for this? Well, number one, those important documents like insurance policies, old tax returns, birth certificates, passports, all those things, you can make a copy, a digital copy and put it in the cloud. I love the cloud. Right? But remember, I said you might lose power. And if the only source that you have for those documents is in the cloud, you might not be able to get them.

So an alternative is to make a copy. Right? But you don’t want to keep it with you in your house because if your house is damaged, you might damage those papers, especially the originals. So what you want to do is make a copy and send them off to somebody else who you can trust, a family member, friend, attorney, someone who has something secure and dry that you could put those documents in, so you don’t have to worry about losing them. Yeah. I think that’s probably going to get you pretty far in Florida. So I hope you’re staying a little cooler than I am. It’s scorching. It’s insane. And I will see you next time. Thanks.