When we think of being prepared for an emergency what’s the first thing that comes to mind?â¯ Its usually water or flashlights.â¯ What about important documents?â¯ I don’t know about your household, but most households (including mine) the birth certificates are in a drawer amongst thousands of other papers.â¯ If we have to leave our house in an emergency how do we collect all these, almost irreplaceable, documents?â¯ In an emergency you have seconds to collect your valuables. I went to a training by Andrea Sutcliffe who is part of the Natural Disaster Search Dog Foundation, an organization who utilizes trained dogs to rescue people in the event of a natural disaster.â¯ â¯ She brought her emergency kit which included a binder of important documents.â¯ Her presentation gave me the inspiration to create my family’s binder.
I finally put together a binder for my family.â¯â¯ This took me about a week to complete. Most of the delay came from my husband.â¯ You can buy a trapper keeper at Office Depot, Walmart, Amazon, or re-purpose an old one.â¯â¯ Fortunately, we had a binder at home and it was collecting dust.â¯ I categorized the documents into sections using divider tabs.â¯ I placed each document in its individual plastic sleeve.â¯ â¯ Due to security reasons I can’t show you the pages. â¯ I suggest putting it in a place where you can quickly grab it and also tell everyone one in the house the location of the binder.â¯ â¯ Having an emergency kit is no good unless your team knows where to find it.
If you think of anything else to add to this list, please share with me.â¯ I would love to hear your experience with this project.
List of Documents
- Passport copies
- Birth Certificates
- Marriage Certificate
- Social security cards
- Driver’s License
- Credit Cards
- Insurance Cards
- List of Medications
- Emergency numbers
- Bank information – bank name, account numbers, types of accounts
- List of login information for financial institutions
- Other – Money market, stocks, mutual funds,â¯
- Individual pictures of family
Green stick person Photo byâ¯Franck V.â¯onâ¯Unsplash