Bank officials have been informed by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that all safety deposit boxes will be seized in the event of a national disaster.
As occurred sporadically during the Great Depression, Federal agents will examine all safety deposit boxes and determine which items may be returned to bank customers. No weapons, cash, gold, or silver will be allowed to leave the bank — only paperwork will be given to its owners.
Bank officials have been instructed not to reveal this policy to bank customers, even if asked.
Bottom line: Only use safety deposit boxes for family documents you don’t mind being inspected by Federal agents. Never use them to store valuables.
Bonus - история контроля и конфискации драгметаллов в Америке:
1. О конфискации золотишка в Пендостане, 1933 - http://hojja-nusreddin.livejournal.com/2199662.html
2. Never, Ever Keep Gold or Cash in a Bank Safety Deposit Box, 2011 - http://hojja-nusreddin.livejournal.com/2637798.html
3. Gold and Silver Registration in Illinois, 2013 - http://hojja-nusreddin.livejournal.com/3058336.html