Online resource can help organize family records


MANHATTAN, Kan. – 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.


FOR PRINT PUBLICATIONS: Links used in this story

Our Valuable Records,

K-State Research and Extension county and district offices,

K-State Research and Extension resources during COVID-19 pandemic,


K‑State Research and Extension is a short name for the Kansas State University Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service, a program designed to generate and distribute useful knowledge for the well‑being of Kansans. Supported by county, state, federal and private funds, the program has county extension offices, experiment fields, area extension offices and regional research centers statewide. Its headquarters is on the K‑State campus in Manhattan. For more information, visit


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