Step #1: My Important Information

When you must seek help from rescuers, hospitals, or shelter providers during a disaster,

you have an advantage if you have important information with you, well-organized and written down. This step helps you record important information.
There are 2 sections to complete under Step # 1: My Contact Information (Include People I Live With and People Who Can Help Me ) and My Important Documents.
Questions for you to consider when you complete the forms in this section:

  • Who can help me during a disaster?
  • Have I shared my contact information and important documents with that person(s)?
  • Where should I store my important documents and contact information at home?

Fill in the tables below, and print them, to include as part of your personal Emergency Readiness Plan.

My Contact Information
My Name
My Street
State, Zip Code
My Phone Number
People Who Live with Me, their Relationship/Phone Number
Name Relationship Phone Number
People who Can Help Me in An Emergency
Name Phone Number How They’ll Help

My Important Documents or Papers

Directions: Gather your important documents or papers together and place them in a waterproof container or bag. You can make copies to give to a person you trust. You can scan them into a computer (like on a CD or USB flash drive). Examples of important documents to include:

  • Copy of Driver’s License or Photo ID
  • Social Security Card
  • Copies of Prescriptions and Medical Equipment Warranties or Manuals
  • Legal Papers – Birth or Marriage Certificates
  • Bank Account/Credit Card Information
  • Insurance Policy Numbers and Information
  • Copies of Utility Bills (Used as proof of residence after a disaster)

Important School or Work Papers
Name of Document/Paper with Description
I have Given Copies of My Important Papers to:
Name Contact Information