Fire in the Hole! (Well, "Lot" Actually...) - RV Business Coach
September 18, 2014

Fire in the Hole! (Well, “Lot” Actually…)

“Hi Don, this is Steve out at the storage lot where you store your camper… there’s been a fire out here, and I’m calling everyone whose unit was damaged so they can come out and talk to the fire department.”

Wow. One phone call pretty much ruined that April Sunday afternoon. As I was heading out the door, it occurred to me that the Fire Department might want a copy of the insurance declaration. “If I’m true to myself,” I thought, “I’ll have a copy of that in Evernote.” Sure enough, I found it with a quick search and printed a copy to take with me.

When I arrived at the lot, I was escorted to the Fire Captain. “Do you have anything with the VIN on it?” he asked.

“Yes!” I replied, as I handed him the copy of my insurance. He looked at it, then looked at me and said, “Wow! You’re the only person who had this. Everyone else said theirs was in their unit.” Evernote strikes again!

As it turns out, the camper was a complete loss. But Evernote made the experience as painless as losing your beloved camper can be.

Fire Department at the Storage Lot
When I returned home, I set up an Evernote Notebook called “Deal with camper fire.” In it, I put notes with all of the insurance information; purchase information; contact information for the storage lot, insurance agent, and Fire Captain; and anything else I thought I’d need.

The next day, I called the insurance company. I could readily answer all of the agent’s and adjuster’s questions with information from the notebook I created, and the claim was filed immediately.

Inside the camper. The insurance papers in the glove box did not survive.
Each time I talked to the agent or claims adjuster, I added notes from the conversation to my notebook. I also created checklists so I could track any actions they required of me. And I always had whatever information I needed right at my fingertips. It took only a few weeks to complete the claim.

This experience made me really glad that I developed a system to track all of my important information in Evernote. Although the original copies of the insurance information were destroyed in the fire, my electronic copies were easy to find and made processing the claim straightforward.

I hope I never have to experience something like that again. But if I do, it’s nice to know that I have a system that will help me manage it.

Do you have a similar system? If not, I highly recommend you get one. And if you’d like an easy-to-use electronic system like mine, check out my new course, Control the Chaos. It will help you get a grip on all of the chaos in your life and get it under control… just in case you need it.

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