Project for Operation Emergency Prepare

Vital Document Checklist

An emergency or disaster can erase the vital documents and records of our lives instantly if we haven’t prepared in advance. Using the Vital Document Checklist, collect all the important papers that apply to you. Make copies and store them in a weatherproof tote — even a large, plastic zip-top bag works. Keep your packet of documents someplace easily accessible so that you can get to it quickly in the event you need to evacuate in a hurry.

  • Personal identification like passport, driver's license and voter ID card
  • Personal Medication Record and medical and immunization records
  • Social Security card
  • Health insurance cards
  • Financial records like recent tax returns, bank statements, retirement accounts, credit card numbers and records of any stocks and/or bonds
  • Insurance policies
  • Deed(s) to your house or other properties
  • Family records like wills, birth, marriage, divorce, adoption, child custody, and death certificates.
  • Legal titles (home, auto) and/or lease agreements.

  • Important phone numbers of family members, friends, doctors, insurers — anyone who needs to know where you are
  • Records of passwords and personal identification numbers (PINs)

  • Video and photo inventory documenting your valuables and the interior and exterior of your home
  • Cash and/or traveler’s checks
  • “Basic Tips for Emergency Planning” handout

List your other valuable documents here:

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