What Important Papers Should I Store?
- Birth Certificates
- Social Security Cards
- Marriage Certificate
- Insurance Policies: dental, health, life, home, car, etc.
- List of close family and friends with their home addresses and phone numbers.
- Medical history of family members, including medications they may be taking, name and numbers of doctors and hospitals.
- Copy of drivers license or any other licenses you may have
- Credit/Debit Card, either an extra card or the card numbers (you can write these down as encrypted numbers if you choose, you can learn how to do that, here.)
- For those of my faith (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints) you may want to include copies of patriarchal blessings, blessing and baptism certificates and other ordinance information important to you.
- Any other personal document that is specific to you and your family
Other Items You May Want to Include in Your "Box"
- $200 dollars in cash, all in smaller increments.
- Family photos; hard copies, digital copies on disk or cards, negatives, etc. I also like to use a cloud service for saving photos such as Shutterfly or even FamilySearch. In addition to storing photos, FamilySearch also allows you to scan documents and journals (stories).
- Empty notebooks, pencils and pens for writing in.
- Copy of scriptures: I have a copy of scriptures in each of my emergency kits so that one way or another I will have the word of God as my daily source of encouragement, guidance and peace, even and especially during an emergency.