A little planning now can help keep you, your family and your property safer. Start by making three copies of each item below. Keep a copy of each in a safe near the door, a local safe deposit box, and an out-of-state safe deposit box. Update these documents each year and after major life events.
Key document checklist
- Your lease or proof that you own the place where you live
- Social Security numbers
- Vehicle information (make, model, license, title, etc.)
- Financial account information
- Insurance cards or policy numbers
- Will/living trust and instructions
- Photos or videos of all items of value (for insurance claims)
- Key business records
- Family records (birth, marriage and death certificates)
- Medical device information
- Medical card
- Emergency contact list (how to contact your doctor, pharmacy, family, lawyer, etc.)
- Recent tax returns
- Driver’s license
- List of medicines
- Cash (enough for 48 to 96 hours)
- Medical records
- Pet information
- Safe deposit box information and copies of keys
Keeping these documents up to date and easy to find is a big part of being ready in an emergency. So whether it’s a leaky pipe or a flood, you’ll be ready.
Remember, if you need someone to talk to after a crisis, your Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is here for you. You can call your EAP anytime. You will be connected or referred to a professional who can help with trauma, grief, loss, or anxiety.