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Be Prepared: Be Ready for a Disaster

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EMERGENCY PLANNING: START TO ORGANIZE NOW

With the recent hurricanes, we have seen many displaced people without identification or money. We have compiled lists of items for you to consider having on your person and items to have in a "to go bag" to take with you in an emergency.

HAVE ON YOUR PERSON:

1. Driver's license or other government-issued (photo) identification

2. Insurance cards (including Medicare and Medicaid)

3. Prescriptions, other medications currently taking

4. Cash

5. EBT cards

6. One to two credit cards

7. ATM card

8. Checkbook

9. Cell phone and charger

MAKE A TO GO BAG WITH THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION AND PAPERS AND PLACE THESE ITEMS IN A GALLON ZIP LOCK PLASTIC BAGAND KEEP IN A SAFE SECURE, HANDY PLACE:

1. Copy of driver's license or other government-issued (photo) identification

2. Copy of birth/marriage certificates

3. Social Security card

4. Contact list- personal and business with addresses and telephone numbers

5. List of prescriptions (and optical prescriptions) and dosages you take

6. List of doctors seen with addresses and telephone numbers

7. List of checking/savings account numbers

8. Copies of insurance policies and cards with phone numbers

9. Copies of Medicare/Medicaid cards

10. List of credit card numbers and company information

11. Emergency cash

12. Legal documents: powers of attorney, will, trusts

13. Copies of immigration documents

14. Copies of most recent school records for students

15. Copies of IEPs for students in special education

16. Copy of housing voucher

17. Safe deposit keys or safe combination

Last Review and Update: May 18, 2006