GREENSBORO, N.C. – In any emergency, you need to have all your documents ready to go. The last thing you have time for is to go searching for your insurance papers or your birth certificate.

Put all your important documents in one place.

Here’s what you should have in that file:

  • Insurance documents (home, car, life and medical)
  • House purchase papers & deed
  • Financial documents
  • Health records
  • Who to contact in case of an emergency
  • Social Security Card
  • Birth certificate

These items should be in a secure place.   It’s also important to put a copy of these documents somewhere else, because you might not be able to get into your house. You can put them in a safe-deposit box at the bank or a safe location at your parents’ house.