Inventory of household possessions and their value (with photos)
List of important phone numbers (personal contacts and numbers for insurance, credit cards, or banks)
Passports, social security cards, immunization records
If you keep records on your computer, back up your system regularly. You could use a thumb drive, an online service, or a CD that can be kept in your fireproof box. Check each year to make sure your records are up to date. Keep separate records of user names and passwords for accounts
Keep unpaid bills until paid. Keep paid bills (power, water, phone) and current bank statements until you get the next statement. Keep information you need for income taxes, such as real estate taxes, medical bills, marriage certificates, for 3 years.
It is also a good idea to keep copies of house keys, car keys, and other keys you may need.
You should have accurate health records for all members of the family. They are useful when you apply for health and life insurance. They also help healthcare providers know if certain diseases run in your family.
The family health records should include:
Name, date of birth, blood type, and date of last checkup
Immunization (shot) card with exact dates and types of all vaccines. (This is needed for children to be admitted to school.)
Any mental health or medical conditions
Any medicines or supplements taken with dosages
Injuries, when they happened, and any treatment received
Hospitalizations with dates, diagnoses, and treatments
Screening tests, such as tests to check vision and hearing, and any allergy testing, with dates and results
Healthcare provider names and contact information
Health insurance information
The dates and places of birth, medical history (diabetes, mental health problems, high blood pressure, major illnesses), and cause of death for all close family members
Any food or drug allergies (including reactions to vaccinations)
Advance directives (such as a living will and whether you want to be an organ donor)
You should carry some records with you when you leave the house:
Who to notify in case of an emergency
Information on allergies, health problems and medicines you take
Health, accident and car insurance information
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Adult Advisor 2015.1 published by RelayHealth. Last modified: 2013-09-24 Last reviewed: 2013-09-23
This content is reviewed periodically and is subject to change as new health information becomes available. The information is intended to inform and educate and is not a replacement for medical evaluation, advice, diagnosis or treatment by a healthcare professional.