“Vital Documents at Your Fingertips,” Ensign, Aug. 2002, 72–73
If we were to have a fire or other disaster in the middle of the night, the first thing I would grab (besides my flashlight, bathrobe, and slippers) would be my portable file. I have organized a legal-size, expandable file folder containing the following valuable documents:
Bank account, credit card information.
Children’s vital information (adoption and guardianship papers, special medical needs, fingerprint records).
Funeral, mortuary, cemetery plans.
Insurance policies (life, home, health, automobile) with a list of company names, agents, premium due dates, cash values.
MedicAlert information.• Military papers.
Social Security cards.
Vehicle titles, registration, identification and license plate numbers.
Wills, living wills.
Additional documents: citizenship papers; safe deposit box (number, location); stocks, bonds, other investments; tax papers; affiliations; lists of debts.
The idea for organizing our family’s most important documents in a portable file stemmed from a presentation I attended years ago, and I have used the file ever since. When my husband was hospitalized, medical personnel required a copy of his living will. I knew right where to find it and quickly made a copy for them. Keeping my file current is easy. Every year as I prepare year-end summaries for tax purposes, I also update my file.
While it is important to store some original documents in a secure place, having copies at my fingertips has brought me a measure of peace. I know that in the event of an emergency, I am as prepared as I can be.—Berneice Neeley, Riviera Ward, Salt Lake Granite Park Stake