Day 5 of Emergency Preparedness Week. Tip of the Day: Gather Important Documents

My passport and house insurance documents were definitely not on my important-items-to-grab-if-I-had-to-leave-the-house-in-a-hurry list, but they really should be because they will prove much more useful that my 30-year-old stuffie or a photo of my Grandma.

This is an easy task which involves a folder or accordion file, some of those plastic document wallets and a photocopier. If you are an organization addict like myself, you will find much joy and satisfaction in creating your Important Document Folder. You might even justify a cheeky trip to Staples. At my house, we have an accordion file with all the original bits and bobs inside, and a folder full of photocopies with the emergency kit. If possible, keep the originals on the first or second floor in case of a flood.

Here is what to include:

  • A copy of your bank account details (these can be obtained through your online banking or at the teller).
  • A photocopy of your credit cards, back and front so you have the CCV number.
  • Insurance policies – such as home insurance, medical insurance and life insurance.
  • Immunization records.
  • Your Health Card and Social Insurance Number.
  • Family Records – such as birth certificates and marriage certificates.
  • A copy of your will.
  • Vaccination and medical records for your pets.
  • A list of important telephone numbers – including your out-of-town emergency contact.
  • A copy of your Family Emergency Plan.
  • An inventory of valuable household items.
  • A photograph of you, your family and your pets in case you get separated.
  • You may also want to create a little pouch to hold things such as spare keys, cash and cheque books.

And – cue the jazz hands – Ta-da!


The lovely Sarah Morgan, Emergency Preparedness Analyst for the SLRD, is #PreparedAS with this fancy Important Documents Folder.  Have you made yours yet?

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