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Collect and protect important paperwork, including an Emergency Action Plan, insurance documents, and medical, vital, and immunization records.

The Basics

  • Copies of medical documents and advance directives, including:
    • Health insurance card
    • Immunization and vaccination records
    • Living wills and power of attorney forms
    • Vital records (e.g., birth and death certificates and adoption records)
  • Personal identification, including:
  • A current Care Plan with information about how to best care for your child with special healthcare needs.
  • User manuals, model and serial numbers, and contact information for the manufacturer of medical devices, such as blood glucose meters and nebulizers.

Quick Tips

  • Keep an up-to-date list of all prescription medications, including dosage amounts and the names of their generic equivalents, medical supply needs, and known allergies.
  • Save electronic copies of important papers in a password-protected format to a flash or external hard drive or a secure cloud-based service.
  • Store flash drives and hardcopies of important papers in a fireproof and waterproof container or safe, with a trusted friend or relative, or in a safety deposit box at a bank.
  • Pet owners: Make copies of important veterinary records such as a rabies certificate, vaccinations, prescriptions, and a recent photograph of your pet(s).
  • Use the Blue Button (if available) to securely view, print, and download personal health data to a personal computer, external hard drive, or safe place in case of an emergency.