With school starting, this is a natural time to update and organize your family’s records. Health records should include immunization records, doctors information, insurance information, list of surgeries, allergies and health concerns for each family member. You should have hard copies of this information stored in a safe-deposit box or other safe storage. You might want to scan this information and keep it stored on a thumb drive or other digital storage to keep at work or some other safe place off-site.
You should also review other important papers: wills, powers of attorney, end-of-life plans, living wills, insurance policies and mortgages to make sure that all the information is correct and up to date. You should also have a video or picture inventory of your important belongings to help with insurance claims in the event of fire or theft. Originals should be kept in a safe, fire-proof storage, preferably off-site, such as a safe-deposit box. But for ready access, you might want to scan copies onto your computer and store scanned copies on a CD or thumb drive.
You might want to also keep copies of all your important papers, medical information and maybe even family pictures, on a thumb drive stored in your 72-hour kit, to take with you if an emergency forces you to evacuate.
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Here is a good overview of wills: why they are important, what makes a good will, etc.