Disaster Prep Summer Series: Your Family's Emergency Binder

Good Morning Everyone!
This post in our Disaster Prep Summer Series will be covering the Family Emergency Binder. 

The most valuable thing you can have in an emergency situation is a completed Family Emergency Binder.

This binder should contain every important piece of paperwork and information that you might need.  We store ours in our fire box and it makes it easy to find important papers on a daily basis.

**When I refer to Family Members, this also includes all of your pets.  Your pets are completely reliant on you to make sure they are safe, just like your children, so make sure you have everything you need for them as well.  Expect a pets post soon with more information.**

Your binder should contain all of the following sections (as it applies to your family):
  1. Inside Cover Sheet
  2. All Important Documents
  3. Personal Information for Each Family Member ( This includes all your pets people!)
  4. Contact Information
  5. Important Information
  6. Evacuation Plans and Checklists
I use a 1 1/2 inch 3 ring binder, dividers with tabs and 3 ring pockets for any loose items.

Inside Cover Sheet
This sheet should be the first page inside the binder and include the names of everyone in your household, your address, your and your primary emergency contact's information (in case it gets misplaced) and most importantly a photo with every family member in it.

Important Documents
This section should contain originals or copies of the following documents:
  • Birth Certificates
  • Social Security Cards
  • Copies of Drivers Licenses
  • Marriage License
  • Wills
  • Military Orders
  • Power of Attorney
  • Medical Records
  • Deeds/Titles/Mortgage Information
  • Insurance Policies (Home, Care, Life...)
  • Passports
Personal Info Pages (for each Family Member)
  • Name
  • Up to Date Photo
  • Height, Weight, Hair Color, Skin Color
  • Allergies
  • Medical Conditions
  • Birth Date
  • Primary Doctor (or Vet)
  • School or Employment Information
Contact Information
  • Emergency Contacts Information
    • Family or Friends
  • Bank Contact Information
  • Insurance Companies Contact Information
  • Navy Contact Information
  • Doctor's Contact Information
  • Utilities Contact Information
Important Information
  • Insurance Policy Numbers
  • Utilitity Account Numbers
    • Cell Phones
    • Water
    • Electric
    • Gas
  •  Local Emergency Information
    • Red Cross Info
    • Emergency Radio Station

      Other Things to Think About
      You might also want to consider doing a home/possesion inventory as well.  This can be done by simply making a video of your home, making sure to show each valuable item.  Many people also do an item by item inventory with serial numbers, descriptions and photographs.  These can be invaluable if you need to file a insurance claim to replace any items.  (Think the wildfires of Southern California.  Some lost their entire homes while many had items damaged by smoke.)  My family uses a website service called AboutOne.com.  AboutOne.com is a service that is an online Family Organizer which stores all sorts of important information.  We store our medical records as well as a list of our possessions and records (warranties, repair info, etc) for them here.

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