Are You Ready?

stack of papersScan the news, and you’re bound to see a story about a flood, fire or other crisis. When each second counts, can you quickly find your key documents?

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.)
  • Passports
  • 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.

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