What You Need and Do When Preparing to Leave

IDENTIFICATION

  • Driver’s license
  • Children’s Birth Certificates
  • Your birth certificate
  • Social Security Card
  • Welfare Identification
  • Medical Insurance Cards

MONEY

  • Money and/or credit cards
  • Debit Cards
  • Checkbook

LEGAL DOCUMENTS

  • Lease, rental agreement, or deed to house/properties
  • Car registration and insurance papers
  • Health and life insurance papers
  • Medical records for you and your children
  • School and shot records
  • Work permits/green card or visa
  • Passport
  • Divorce papers
  • Custody papers

OTHER THINGS

  • Keys to house, car and safety deposit boxes
  • Cell phone
  • Clothing
  • Toiletries
  • Medications for you and your children

THINGS TO DO

  • Open a savings account in your own name. Get your own post office box so that you can receive mail and checks
  • Plan who to stay with or who would be able to lend you money during a crisis
  • Contact the hotline or any shelter for help in safety planning and keep the hotline number with you at all times: 602-263-8900 or 1-800-799-7739