EMERGENCY PREPARATION: Papers in Order?

Power of Attorney — Insurance — Will — Medial Power of Attorney — Prescriptions & Medical Information

Keep a set of papers with important information in your to-go bag. If you are evacuated because of a disaster (earthquake, fire, flood, etc.).and have to leave your files behind, what would you need to have with you in order to stay healthy and make insurance claims? Medical power of attorney is especially important. Be sure the person you name as your legal representative is able to do the job.

You may want to have a hand-written list of family phone numbers, in case your cell phone isn't working. It will be easier to call out of state than in state, so name someone as your out­of-state contact. These papers will change over time, so be sure to review them periodically.

Jane Vasquez, Disaster Coordinator