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Hurricane Season Has Started: Are You Ready?

Weather emergency identity theft protection is a critical step to take as you prepare for oncoming storms. Here’s a rundown of what you should do now to be ready.

As an active hurricane season rolls around, we’ve started to hear about all the necessary planning and safety preparations that will keep you ready, should a power outage or other catastrophe hit your area.

Things like stocking up on first aid supplies and ensuring your family has an evacuation route is part for the course.

While these are very important steps to take to ensure you remain safe and survive weather events, there’s another danger that lurks during hurricane season that everyone must be made aware of too – especially in today’s cybersecurity climate and that is identity theft.

Weather emergency identity theft protection is a critical step to take as you prepare for oncoming storms. Here’s a rundown of what you should do now to be ready.

Pre-storm Prep

Part of preparing in advance should include keeping all of your personal and sensitive documentation safe and in a central location you can access if needed. It will be far easier in rebuilding efforts after a major event when you have things like birth certificates and legal documentation on hand. It also means fewer chances of them being damaged in flood water or by a fire.

Be Cautious of Scammers

Unfortunately, scammers also know that after a serious storm has passed and damage has occurred to an area that there is an open opportunity to find someone vulnerable and willing to give up their personal information easier. Don’t be blindsided by a fraudster claiming to be part of your recovery efforts. Only speak with companies you recognize and don’t give away your personal information to just anyone.

Clean-Up Efforts

Whether you had to evacuate your home in a storm event or come back to a lot of mess that needs to be restored, it’s important to consider the odds that someone might have gotten a hold of your documentation. To safeguard yourself be sure to contact security companies that can put alerts on your credit reports as you rebuild and never toss leftover piles of papers even if damaged in a regular trash bin. A shredding and document destruction company is going to be the best method to ensure that critical data doesn’t end up in the wrong hands.

When it comes time to clean up after a disaster, call Legal Shred.

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