How a low-cost medical ID card could help save your life

If you ever have to call 911, there’s something you can do now that will make it a lot easier to give responders the information they need: It’s called the File of Life.

In essence, the File of Life is a simple packet of important medical information about a person, geared at helping first responders respond to emergencies.

It comes as an inexpensive fridge magnet, ID card or door decal imprinted with a person’s current and critical health details including allergies, medications and emergency contacts.

It’s particularly important for seniors, but anyone with a chronic illness, severe medical condition or developmental disability can benefit.

You can download the provided inserts, or forms to fill out from a local fire departments, or write it all out on your own — but be sure to use pencil so you can update it as needed.

File of Life is available for purchase online.

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