An out-of-state emergency contact person can help you in two important ways: storing your vital documents and helping you communicate with loved ones during emergencies.
Local phone lines, cordless, and cell phones may not work.
Plan ahead and take the following steps to prepare:
- Designate an out-of-state contact person that everyone will contact after an emergency.
- Give your out-of-state contact person a list of the other important people to contact with updates.
- Give every member of your family an emergency contact card and a prepaid phone card to carry with them at all times.
- Use your emergency out-of-state contact person to help reunite separated family members and communicate special medical needs of family members.
Make a backup copy of all your identity cards and vital documents that could be lost in a fire or other disaster. Store them with your out-of-state contact person or in a safety deposit box.
- Birth certificate
- Driver’s license
- Social Security number
- Bank account information and stock/bond certificates
- Will and other legal papers
- Medical data, allergies, medications/dosages, doctor contacts, and health history
- Deed or mortgage documents
- Insurance policies and cards
- Inventory and photographs of your valuables (prints or on a CD)
- Family photos for identification purposes (prints or on a CD)
- Any other document that would be difficult to replace (auto pink slips, adoption papers, etc.)
- Work with a family member or friend to inventory and take photographs or a video tape of your valuables.
- Make duplicate copies of the inventory list, photos, or video tape.
- Store your inventory and photos with your vital documents out-of-area or in a safe deposit box.
- Check with your insurance company to see if they have any inventory requirements.
From Ready.gov: Make a Plan
From Ready.gov: Download the template for a Family Emergency Plan Form