Documentation is an important part of prepping for a disaster scenario that does not involve the total collapse of the global society. Documentation will enable you to have access to everything that is you, and allow you to return home (not the physical home, but rather the mental one) with ease. You will have everything you need to identify your work history, financial history, medical history, and educational history. This will allow you to recoup cost from insurance, get a new job (if you must relocate), and transfer education. I have spent a lot of time ensuring that we will not lose our life should we move after a disaster (earthquake or hurricane is the most likely scenario where we will move). Probably the best single resource for the importance of documentation is Listening to Katrina. I have used a few of his lists and created several of my own to make my BOB and document protection systems. He has a workbook with Word documents here. Take a look at this wonderful site and make your own lists. He says it best with this quote, "MAKE THE DETAILED LIST, DAMN IT! LAZY PEOPLE DO NOT PROSPER!"