Our lives are busy, filled with work, leisure activities, and spending time with loved ones. Thinking about our overall preparedness in an emergency situation can make even the strongest among us feel uneasy. However, you can relieve some anxiety by thinking ahead.

Start by creating a file folder that contains necessary documents your doctors or emergency care providers might need in the event of a crisis. Important documents you may want to include are:

• A copy of your social security card
• A copy of your birth and / or marriage certificate
• A copy of your driver’s license
• Military records
• Medical history
• Life and / or disability insurance policies
• Contact information for your doctor, caregiver and / or family members
• Do Not Resuscitate Order (DNR)
• An updated list of medications, vitamins, and supplements you are taking / have taken

Storing these documents together in an easily accessible location could help prevent hurdles encountered with filing medical insurance claims. Prepare your file folder today Encourage your friends and family to do the same.