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May 19, 2020

Online Resource Can Help Organize Family Records

Submitted by Pat Melgares

The new coronavirus pandemic has many of us thinking about topics that, let’s face it, we’d rather not.

But in an emergency, would your family or trusted friend know who to contact? Your bank? Your financial adviser? Your insurance company?

Free resources from K-State Research and Extension are available online for downloading and printing, including Our Valuable Records, which can help anyone gather important information in one place. That information can be kept in a safety deposit box or other secure location and can be invaluable in emergencies.

“It may take a bit of time if you are starting from scratch to collect this information in one place, but the effort is well worth it,” said Elizabeth Kiss, financial management Extension specialist and the publication’s author. “Having this information in an easy-to-retrieve form can make recovery from natural disaster or a health emergency go more smoothly.”

The form includes space for family members’ names, birthdates and more, plus contact information space for key advisers, such as attorney, executor, doctor, religious adviser, insurance agents, and banker. It can also help gather basic information about vehicles and other property and credit, bank and retirement accounts.

More information about this and other resources is available at K-State Research and Extension offices across Kansas. Links to resources also may be found on the K-State Research and Extension COVID-19 page.