Your Vital information
Communication, Relationships, Identity, Valuables
An out-of-state emergency contact person can help you in two important ways: storing your vital documents and helping you communicate with loved ones during emergencies.
Checklist for Communication and Relationships
- Local phone lines, cordless, and cell phones may not work. Plan ahead and take the following steps to prepare:
- Designate an out-of-state contact person that everyone will contact after an emergency.
- Give your out-of-state contact person a list of the other important people to contact with updates.
- Give every member of your family an emergency contact card and a prepaid phone card to carry with them at all times.
- Use your emergency out-of-state contact person to help reunite separated family members and communicate special medical needs of family members.
Checklist for Vital Documents
Make a backup copy of all your identity cards and vital documents that could be lost in a fire or other disaster. Store them with your out-of-state contact person or in a safety deposit box.
- Birth certificate
- Driver's license
- Social Security number
- Bank account information and stock/bond certificates
- Will and other legal papers
- Medical data, allergies, medications/dosages, doctor contacts, and health history
- Deed or mortgage documents
- Insurance policies and cards
- Inventory and photographs of your valuables (prints or on a CD)
- Family photos for identification purposes (prints or on a CD)
- Any other document that would be difficult to replace (auto pink slips, adoption papers, etc.)
Checklist for Valuables
- Work with a family member or friend to inventory and take photographs or a video tape of your valuables.
- Make duplicate copies of the inventory list, photos, or video tape.
- Store your inventory and photos with your vital documents out-of-area or in a safe deposit box.
- Check with your insurance company to see if they have any inventory requirements.
- From Ready.gov: Make a Plan
- From Ready.gov: Download the template for a Family Emergency Plan Form