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6 Things to Keep in a Safe Place for an Unexpected Family Emergency

In an emergency situation, the right information could save the life of a loved one. Emergency contacts, medication information, Social Security number, insurance details, knowledge of financial affairs — these are just some of the details one will need if your or a family member becomes ill, goes into the hospital or unexpectedly passes away.

The Family Emergency Card is a flash drive that contains a PDF workbook, to document and store emergency information like bank accounts, medical information, passwords, details needed to care for your children, pets, home, medical needs, business matters and more, should something happen to you. It’s about the same size as a credit card, and it lets you keep all your emergency info in one place. You can keep it in a secure place like a safe or locked file cabinet.

Here is just some of the information you can store on the Family Emergency Card for unexpected family emergencies.

1. Financial details

In an emergency, financial obligations such as hospital expenses, mortgage payments, rent payments, car note payments, utility bills, final arrangement expenses, and other financial obligations, will still need to be paid. The Family Emergency Card lets you store bank accounts, investment accounts, insurance details, a list of your current expenses, Power of Attorney, and other information.  If you or family member is unexpectedly hospitalized, for example, important financial information can be accessed to ensure financial matters are handled.  Powered by SecureMyLegacy, the Family Emergency Card keeps emergency information accessible when needed. A trusted, nominated person can insert the card into a computer’s USB port and make sure financial obligations are met.  Billions of dollars in assets go unclaimed in the United States because people are unaware of their loved one’s bank accounts, investment accounts, and life insurance policies [1].

2. Emergency Contacts

The Family Emergency Card also keeps information about emergency contacts in one place, so the right people can get the information they need quickly. This can include contact information for employers, doctors, lawyers, insurance agents, schools, debtors, and business associates.

3. Dietary Requirements and Allergy Information

You can store dietary requirements and allergy information on your Family Emergency Card. In an emergency situation, you can provide these details to caregivers, doctors or hospital staff. Research shows that as many as 15 million Americans have food allergies [2] — including nearly 6 million children under the age of 18 — so it’s a good idea to store dietary information in case of an emergency.

4. Medical Needs

Your Family Emergency Card could save you or your loved one’s life by providing paramedics, hospital staff and caregivers with the right medical information. You can document and store a wide range of details on this card, such as insulin requirements if you or a loved one is diabetic.

5. Passwords

The Family Emergency Card provides your loved ones the ability to access your cell phone, safe, online accounts, cryptocurrency (e.g. bitcoin, ethereum) keys, apps, email accounts and other digital assets.  A nominated person can access and take care of accounts if you go into the hospital, become unexpectedly incapacitated or find yourself in any other emergency situation.   Not just for unexpected family emergencies; keep track of your own login credentials.  Research shows that 17 percent of internet users forget their online passwords [3], so keeping this information in a secure place with your other emergency information, makes sense.

6. Information About Pets

If you have them; information about your pets and how to take care of them, should also be stored on your Family Emergency Card.  Details such as their diet, veterinarian, groomer, daily routine, temperament,  micro-chip, medical history, favorite toy, and other information can all be stored on the Family Emergency Card.
 
Nobody wants to think about an emergency situation, but preparing for the future could provide the right people with the right information at the right time. The Family Emergency Card lets you and your loved ones store all of the data above and so much more. Created by a certified estate and trust specialist, it contains forms that capture almost every piece of information that’s needed in an emergency situation, providing caregivers, parents, seniors, pet owners, people who live alone, business owners and others with peace of mind.

For more information about creating a family emergency plan and what to document for unexpected family emergencies, learn more at Family Emergency Card today.

About the Editor: Bryan Beeler is a Certified Estate and Trust Specialist.

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