Will Seippel | April 11, 2023

You can’t predict disaster, but you can minimize its effects with preparation.
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Unexpected hurricanes, fires, or floods often leave us vulnerable and devastated. This is why disaster prevention is essential. But how do you prepare your home and valuables in advance?

In an article with BYinnovation, I recounted what I had learned after water damage affected hundreds of my possessions when Hurricane Ian struck Florida last year. Luckily, the steps I took beforehand ensured both my home and everything inside were protected.

Tools like the WorthPoint® Vault (now in beta) helped provide my insurance company with a detailed inventory of my art and collectibles affected by the hurricane. The Vault lets users document pictures, descriptions, value, and the emotional significance behind each of their heirlooms, artwork, and other treasured items. Keeping a thorough and updated record of your belongings is something I recommend to everyone, especially if you live in a disaster zone.

Read the full article to learn all the steps I urge taking for disaster prevention.

Will Seippel is the CEO and founder of WorthPoint®, the world’s largest provider of information about art, antiques, and collectibles. An Inc. 500 Company, WorthPoint is used by individuals and organizations seeking credible valuations on everything from cameras to coins. WorthPoint counts the Salvation Army, Habitat for Humanity, and the IRS among its clients.