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Important documents

Important documents to keep in your 72-hour kit

Because emergencies can happen at any time and at any place, you won’t always have time to collect everything you need. That’s just one reason why every household should have a 72-hour emergency kit. If you are evacuated or otherwise displaced, you may not have the time to find all your important information. Keeping copies of things like emergency contacts and insurance policies in can help alleviate the stress of an emergency situation. You can download a checklist of important documents here.

Emergency contacts

Keep the following are additional names, phone numbers and addresses to keep in your 72-hour kit:

  • Doctor
  • Pharmacy
  • Workplace
  • Schools
  • Family and friends

As part of your family emergency plan, you should have contacts both in and out of the city who can help you and your family in an emergency. In addition to keeping your emergency contacts in your phone, you should print this Emergency Contact Sheet and fill it out. Keep a copy in your 72-hour kit, you may want to keep a copy in your vehicle along with a map to help you get there.



  • Health care numbers
  • Immunization and medical records
  • Prescription information


  • Insurance policies and household inventory records
  • Bank account numbers
  • Credit card numbers
  • Safety deposit box key
  • Wills and powers of attorney


  • Pet license
  • Photo of your pet
  • Medical records
  • Veterinarian contact info


  • Marriage certificates
  • Educational records
  • Warranties

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