Paperwork includes any important documents and personal data that might serve as proof of insurance or identity, or instruct others on how to help you in an emergency. Collect and protect insurance cards, personal identification, and emergency action plans to prepare for an evacuation.

  • Store flash drives and hardcopies of important papers in a fireproof and water resistant file organizer, container or storage bag, with a trusted friend or relative, or in a safety deposit box at a bank.
  • Digitize hard copies and save electronic copies of important papers in a password-protected format to a flash or external hard drive or a secure cloud service.
  • Download and/or bookmark online versions of user manuals for your home use medical devices, such as blood glucose meters and insulin pumps.
  • Make an up-to-date list of all prescription medications and necessary medical supplies. Write down dosing instructions, the names of generic equivalents, and known allergies.
  • Pet owners: Make copies of important veterinary recordspdf icon, such as a rabies certificate, vaccinations, prescriptions, a recent photograph of your pet(s), and microchip registration information (e.g., microchip number, and name and number of the manufacturer).
  • Request your medical recordexternal icon from your healthcare provider to help you understand, advocate for, and manage your health care.
  • Use a personal health recordexternal icon to maintain and manage your health information (and that of others for whom they are authorized) in a private, secure, and confidential environment.
  • Proofread your important paperwork, like medical recordsexternal icon, for errors and missing or unclear information that could cause misunderstand or affect your healthcare. Nearly 1 in 10 people who check their online health record ask to have a mistake corrected.
  • Make two copies of all your travel documents in case of emergency. Leave one copy with a trusted friend or relative.

Page last reviewed: April 13, 2020, 03:00 PM