Why Do I Need an Emergency Binder ?
Take our Family Preparedness Questionnaire to see how well you are already prepared.
These are all questions we ask ourselves and have decided it is better to be prepared than not.
What goes in a emergency binder?
What kind of a binder?
A binder is where you store your important papers, when in the event of an emergency, you can grab your binder and go. We recommend a 3 ring zipper binder so nothing can fall out.
Store your binder in a fireproof/waterproof box that is small enough to be transported with you in an emergency. Placed along side your 72 hour kit.
Building your Emergency Binder
We came up with the following checklist that covers the most common important papers you may need if there is an emergency. Adjust our checklist to fit the needs of your family.
Remember to keep your emergency binder along side your 72 hour kit.
Binder ChecklistBirth certificates
Social security cards
Copies of your credit cards front and back
Homeowners/Renters insurance policy
Auto insurance policy
Life insurance policy
Internet passwords (banking, personal, work etc)
Immunization records for children
CASH – keep small bills on hand as there may not be computers to use credit cards
You should have your evacuation plans written down and memorized.
You also need to practice with your family just like you would for a Fire Drill.