In addition to the summer bucket list that I created for the boys and our family, I also created one that was specific to things I’d like to do myself. Certain things on this list include getting a mani/pedi, buying a floppy hat, and doing a large scale DIY. I’ve checked off two of those already! Another on this list was to redo our family emergency binder. I had found a printable one on Pinterest years ago and decided that it was something that was a good idea to have but found that I hardly used any of the pages. Time for a makeover!
What is a family emergency binder? I’m so glad you asked!
This is your grab and go, all in one place, important documents, in case the house is on fire binder. It’s great to have a file cabinet where you put away all your back taxes, receipts, old photos, etc. But, if the house was on fire, would you be able to grab every family member’s very important documents that would be more than a pain to get back? Now, if your file cabinet is fireproof, than yeah, maybe you don’t need this. However, if yours is from the Goodwill like mine, this is a great idea.
So what’s in an emergency binder?
I created some sheets for quick reference information, personal information, and contents information. I’ve also put these sheets in sheet protectors to keep them from ripping.
The quick reference is emergency numbers for doctors, close contacts, allergies, etc. Next, I printed out a family member sheet for each us that has places for information specific to us. (Be sure to print one out for any pets you have too!) Behind that goes a sheet that identifies what’s in the folder that holds our documents like birth certificates, social security cards, immunization records, etc.
In addition to the family documents, there are some that are specific to our household. This includes car titles, mortgage/rental agreements, so on and so forth. That’s what the home documents title page is for and the last folder.
Ok cool. But where do I keep this?
This should be on the main level of your house where your exit would be in case of a fire, natural disaster, etc. It should also be hidden. This binder contains some pretty personal stuff so you don’t want it sitting out as a coffee table book. Make sure that it is easily accessible, yet in a place that doesn’t scream, “Here’s all my info! Steal my identity!”
Want to make one for your family? I’m offering this printable set as a freebie when you sign up for my email list. All you have to do is subscribe and you’ll be taken straight to the download link!