Happy to say my spouse and I are back from our September 2018 Zone A mandatory evacuation. My heart goes out to those who still cannot return home.
One thing we made sure of was to grab our fire safe. It is a box that weighs about 35-40 lbs and holds our critical documents. Years past those things were often stored in a lock box at the local bank. I was advised by a very wise woman (thanks Margaret M) many banks may go under water in a flood or are closed during a disaster. And banks, as afar as I know, are not responsible for what you put in those lock boxes.
When one must leave home suddenly what to do first, what to take? When in doubt, just get out. But if you have some time, unplug, and grab your valuable papers. If you need to figure out what they are, please contact me. A few examples: Deeds, passports, Wills.
A fire safe with your most important papers makes it easier to have one less thing to consider and less stress during an emergency. I purchased my fire safe at a local office supply store. It was under $100. A box you can carry with you is most practical. That is what I recommend to my clients.