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In case of emergency, do you have your important information?

Preparation is key to weathering an emergency. Learn how to keep your items and information secured and accessible before you need them.

It can be anxiety-inducing to think about what would happen if you or your loved ones were in an emergency. That makes sense: staying in the present allows you to cherish every good and exciting moment, from birthday dinners and weekend hikes to job promotions and weddings.

But sometimes unforeseen incidents happen. For example, what would you do if you got into a fender bender on your way to the grocery store and needed to go to the Emergency Room to be evaluated? Do you always have your insurance card and contact information for your primary care physician on hand?

All too often, people don’t prepare for sudden healthcare emergencies. You don’t have to dwell on worst-case scenarios, but planning ahead can remove some of the stress from an already-stressful situation.

Here, we’ll discuss some of the documents you’ll want on hand in an emergency, and why it’s useful to have easy digital access to those important files.

Keep track of your most important items and information

If you or a loved one are in a sudden accident, you’ll want to minimize the time and energy you spend locating the documents and contact info you need to navigate the situation. But what information should be easy to access from wherever you are? Here are a few:

  • Driver’s license
  • Medical insurance card
  • Medical records and medications list
  • Power of attorney
  • Advanced medical directive
  • Medical information release
  • Medical professionals and their contact information
  • Insurance provider's phone number and address 
  • Family members and other emergency contacts

And if you are unable to communicate, you’ll want to make sure that the right people automatically have access to certain sensitive information. Ask yourself…

  • Do you know the alarm code to enter your loved ones’ home?
  • Can a trusted person locate the key to your secure lock box?
  • Who has the passwords to your important digital accounts?

You won’t want to spend valuable time shuffling between possible document locations. If you or a loved one is in an accident, you’ll need every minute, too. When you have this information at your fingertips and accessible from any device, you can help things go smoothly in any emergency situation.

How and where should you store your critical information?

In a medical emergency, certain documents ensure that you and your loved ones are cared for and spoken for by the right people. But between drawers and binders, home safes and lockboxes, do you know where these important documents live?

A digital vault can prevent you from needing to track down your documents. With secure access through a preapproved system, you or a trusted individual can access what’s important. That way, you won’t waste time and add stress trying to locate the things you need.

Try putting yourself in the moment.

When you arrive at the hospital, healthcare professionals need immediate access to certain documents and emergency contacts. Also consider other medical conditions that may have complex healthcare implications that your doctors will need to know.

Documents like medical records and advanced healthcare directives can be vital to determining appropriate next steps. You won’t have time to search for what you need, and replacements can be slow to arrange.

When you’ve made it easy to access your important information, medical professionals can focus on giving you the best care, and family members can more quickly make it to your side.

What to look for in a storage solution

Now that you know which items and documents you may need in an emergency and why you need them, you might be looking for an effective way to protect and store all this information.

The right product should have a few features:

  1. Cloud storage: You’ll want to be able to reach your documents from any device.
  2. Security: Make sure only the right people have access to your documents.
  3. Mobile access: You won’t always be near a laptop – access your documents on the go.

Imagine, for a moment, that you’re a trusted relative of someone who did not survive an medical emergency. How would you locate their will? Would you have the passwords you need to access their email, social media, or crypto accounts? Where might you find the details of their apartment lease agreement? And how can you ensure that all of this information stays in the right hands?

A strong product should make it simple to answer these questions. You shouldn’t need to look for documents in any number of physical and digital locations. With cloud storage, airtight security, and mobile access, you can rest easy knowing that you or a loved one can quickly and securely access your important items and information from any internet-connected device.

Keep your life’s info ready with Prisidio

Whether you’re in an accident or a different kind of emergency, you’ll be thankful for a digital vault with robust security features.

Preparation is key for more than just emergencies. When you’ve got the important things in life organized and ready to go, you’ve taken another stressful task off your plate. That makes every day lighter and easier to navigate.

If you’re interested in a powerful digital vault solution, Prisidio could be right for you. 

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