It is easy for a paper jungle of bills, receipts, and documents to take over your desk or office space. However, this can make it challenging to find the papers you or a loved one may need in the event of an emergency. The following is a list of 13 types of documents you will want to keep organized in a safe area for easy access in times of illness, death, or disaster. You may want to keep these papers safely locked away in a fireproof safe, within a waterproof container, or on password-protected digital files accessible from the internet.
13. Identification Papers
It is helpful to keep copies of important identification papers such as your driver’s license, passport, social security card, and birth certificate. These copies can come in handy if the originals are lost, stolen, or destroyed. Additionally, access to these records can assist your loved ones if you sustain an accident or injury that prevents you from obtaining them yourself.
12. Financial Records
Maintain records of your bank accounts, credit cards, retirement funds, and investment portfolios. If you have a safe deposit box, document the location, account number, contents, and the location of the key to allow easier access if needed. Designate a family member who can access your safe deposit box if you become incapacitated. Safely file information regarding stocks, bonds, and other investments. Maintain both originals and copies of titles or deeds to any personal property, including homes, cars, and recreational vehicles.