About eight years ago I designed this FREE emergency binder for my family, friends, and neighbors. When I would watch the news on TV the reporters would sometimes mention: “they had 15 minutes to evacuate their homes.” I knew I had to put something together for anyone who would want some way to store their important documents so they’d be readily available in case of an emergency evacuation. I wanted something compact so you could grab and go with it. I started with my neighbors. I provided the printed cardstock along with the zippered pouches and photo pockets.
My binder choice was a zippered one to contain all the contents stored inside. Let me explain how I designed these. I scribbled the pages on some paper I had designed in my head and my sister Carol took the ball and ran with it.
That’s how this all started. I could not have made these without her. She is amazing with her computer skills. Please remember, always store your binder in a safe secure place. You can grab your binder when you need to leave your house in a hurry with your 72-hour kit or bug out bag. I also suggest you attach a name tag to your 72 hours kits: Food Storage Moms FREE Printable Tags.
FREE Emergency Binder Instructions:
- I have the link for you to easily print these pages at the bottom of this post. I suggest you get some colored tabs (ten tabs) to go with your binder like these: Avery Extra wide Ready Index Dividers, Laser/Ink Jet, 9.5 x 11 Inches, Assorted, 10 Tabs, 1 Set (11165)
- Get some zippered binder pockets like these: Cardinal Expanding Zipper Binder Pocket, Clear, 3/PK (14201)
- I used baseball cards pages or photo pages similar to these: Avery Horizontal Photo Pages, Acid-Free, 4 x 6 Inches, Pack of 10 (13406)
- I also purchased binder pockets like these: Avery Binder Pockets, Acid-Free, Pack of 5 (75254)
- Page protectors like these: Avery Standard Weight Sheet Protectors, Pack of 25 Sheet Protectors (75530)
“Emergency Contact Information” is a section to collect home and cell phone numbers of family members, friends, etc. These are numbers we might not remember in a real disaster or emergency. We are so used to having the numbers stored in our cell phones or emails stored on our laptops, etc. What if we can’t use our cell phones, then what? What if we can’t use our laptops, then what? This is why we need these numbers or emails in “Food Storage Moms Emergency Binder”.
Photo Pockets: It’s a good idea to have two pictures of your family members or friends in case you get separated in an emergency. This way you keep one picture and you post another picture of someone on a “search and find” wall should you get separated.
“Bank and Investment Accounts” is a section I designed to fill in your bank account numbers, bank phone numbers, bank addresses or email addresses. If you need to dash out the door in a real disaster or unforeseen emergency you might need these numbers if you can’t return to your home. I suggest you take copies of all of your credit and or debit cards (front and back) for two reasons. If you lose or have your wallet/purse stolen you have the card numbers and the phone numbers to reach the credit/debit card companies to report your loss.
“Birth Certificates, Marriage Certificates, Religious Documents, School Graduation Papers, etc. This is where you will place your original or copies if you prefer and they are ready to grab and take should you need to leave your home in a short amount of time. They are all together in this binder, just grab and go.
“Zippered Bag” is for your original passports, Copies of your driver’s licenses, concealed weapon permits, Social Security cards, Medicare cards, etc.
“Medical/Dental Information” and “Insurance Information”. If we need to leave our homes unexpectedly we might be glad we have our Doctor’s, Dentist’s, and Pharmacy names, addresses, email addresses, phone numbers, etc. We can include medical issues we have, medications and dosages we take. We might need the drug’s name, dosage and how often to take it. Please write down any allergies you or a family member might have.
We might need our insurance policy numbers, agent’s phone numbers and addresses. We might need our Medicare/supplemental insurance coverage documents. If we have this in our binder we are good to grab and go.
“Accounts/Website Access Codes” this section needs to be kept in a safe place, as well as all of the documents listed above in all the tab areas. This section would be important if someone in the family is hurt and the other family member has no idea how to gain access to your joint accounts. If you need to check your accounts and you can’t go back to your house you will at least have these facts to “carry on” with your everyday family matters.
“Zippered Bag” is available to start collecting small bills like ones and fives. If we lose power the ATM machines will NOT work. The GAS PUMPS will NOT work. You will need small bills to pay for things. The stores, gas stations, etc. will not have change for a $20.00 bill. Period! Please start putting small bills in this zippered bag. You’ll be glad you did.
“Titles” this section is where you’ll want to place your Titles to Cars, Boats, etc.
“Will/Family Trust” this is where you could place the most important sections (copies at least) of your trust and/or wills.
I left this section empty so you may put anything else that you may need or want should you have to leave you home ASAP.
When you have an emergency in your neighborhood or community if you have the binder sheets completed and your important documents in a binder you can grab them and leave feeling more confident that you’ll be ok. Please remember your prescriptions, pets, and pet care. May God bless you for your efforts.