Getting Organized In Case of Emergency

Getting Organized In Case of Emergency


This blog post was written by one of my very favorite people on the planet- my cousin Beth (aka @BOrganizedNow) in light of yesterday’s tragic bombing at the Boston Marathon.  Beth is a kick-ass organizer- home, office, life, you name it, she can organize it.  The disaster plan she outlines below relates to all sorts of emergencies including health-related one.  So with that mind, I am re-positng her article below…


My heart breaks for the city of Boston. For those lost, for those injured, for first responders, runners, EMT workers, spectators, family and friends of those in the Back Bay area yesterday.

It’s a scary reminder that the nature of life can change in an instant. You must have a disaster plan. You should have an escape plan from your home that your whole family knows about and also a plan of how to get in touch if phones don’t work. Today I want to focus on document organization. You need to be able to locate all vital documents quickly.

Gather all vital documents:

  • Passports
  • Birth certificates
  • Drivers License
  • Insurance cards (health, car, home, etc…)
  • Social Security cards
  • Others (marriage certificate, adoption papers, death certificates, deed/mortgage papers)
  • Important medical information, including the names and phone numbers of your doctors, medical history, allergies, and medications


Photocopy each document twice:

  • Give one photocopy to someone who doesn’t live in your home (so that in the event of a fire or other disaster in your home you still have access to vital information)
  • Keep one photocopy in a safe place in your home
  • Keep all originals in a different safe place (preferable a fire and water proof safe)

 I recommend you do this ASAP (if you do this once you should be all set for a while).



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