A huge thank you to the James City County Fire Department for this great video.

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The File of Life program is…

  • Lifesaving
  • Economical
  • Effective
  • Efficient
  • Endorsed by Hospitals, EMTs, COAs, TRIAD’s, Municipal, Medical, Senior Citizen Organizations, Police, Sheriff’s, and Fire Departments
  • Easy to get started
  • Excellent as a platform to demonstrate community involvement for local organizations, campaigns, companies, etc.
  • In almost 5,000 communities and over 14 million homes and still expanding every day

There’s panic, confusion, fear, a terrible sense of urgency and helplessness. Not only the person in need, but everyone around them including the first responders is affected. In this scenario, could you provide an accurate medical history, list of medications, existing conditions and allergies in fewer than 10 seconds for you or your loved one? For the overwhelming majority of people, the answer is no. That is where the File of Life becomes critical.

Who is at Risk?

We all are. Medical emergencies can happen to anyone at any time.  That’s why everyone needs the File of Life.

Moreover, did you know that nearly 60% of all emergency calls are for senior citizens? This is why our program is in place throughout senior housing communities and nursing homes across the nation. Seniors and children comprise the most at-risk portion of the population. In many locations, the File of Life program is initiated by focusing on these most vulnerable demographics. Police and fire departments, city officials and appointed program leaders introduce the File of Life at local senior residences and schools. Our most popular refrigerator magnet version is distributed to every senior for placement in their homes, while our signature personal size pouch is provided to school children to keep right in their backpacks. For many communities, this is the first step to establishing 100% community-wide coverage.   

Please check out our Media Section to see different ways in which many of our customers have made the File of Life a cornerstone of their local emergency preparedness plans. 

Don’t hesitate to contact us directly to talk about the most effective way to start the File of Life in your own area, or expand an existing program to safeguard even more of your friends and neighbors against tragedy in the event of an emergency.

Our Company Mission

The File of Life believes that everyone should receive prompt, quality medical care, especially when it matters most – in an emergency. Our product is designed to make the difference between life and death by providing absolutely vital information to first responders. The File of Life format is modeled to be easy for patients to use and immediately recognized by local EMTs, police and fire departments nationwide. File of Life strives to maintain an open dialogue with communities across America to provide the most up-to-date, effective products and information possible. Together, we can improve emergency medical care, provide peace of mind for the most vulnerable individuals and their loved ones, and save countless lives.

File of Life History

Since 1995, almost 5,000 communities across the United States have implemented a File of Life program. Our product is in 18 million homes nationwide with 900,000 being distributed last year alone. Within 21 years, we have gained the support of national and state civic organizations such as the American Red Cross, the National Council on Aging (N.C.O.A.) and AARP. The File of Life products have appeared prolifically in local press as well as major media outlets including NBC Nightly News.

We are grateful for our millions of loyal, long-term customers. We are proud to offer a proven lifesaving product to thousands of American communities and look forward to expanding our network to save more lives across the country and internationally.


The File of Life is recognized and endorsed by civic groups and medical organizations throughout the country, including:

The American Red Cross, TRIAD, AARP, The National Sheriff’s Association, The National Council on Aging (N.C.O.A.), The National Seniors and Law Enforcement Together (S.A.L.T.) Council, The Retired Senior Volunteer Program (R.S.V.P.)

Made in the USA

The File of Life Foundation, Inc. is 100% American owned and operated. All of the File of Life products are 100% made in the USA.