During April and October I focus on updating our Emergency Preparedness supplies. I have talked about my Adult and Kid 72 Hour kits, and both mentioned having Important Family Documents. A Grab and Go Emergency Binder is convenient so you have all the necessary information should you have to quickly evacuate. Here is a checklist and information for you to easily compile your own!
After reading through a ton of information, I came up with these different categories. Grouping the different bits of information into categories easier to follow than a huge list. Here are all the documents I felt necessary to have in an emergency. Get the free printable here:
- Family Emergency Plan: Talk about different scenarios with your family. Where will you go if you are home and there is an earthquake, fire, etc. What should they do if they are at school? Where will your family meet up if Dad is at work? What is our evacuation plan should we have to leave our home/town/city? Write up your most basic meeting place should everyone be scattered.
- Map of City/Evacuation Route: Know back ways to where your family will meet if you have to evacuate. A map would be handy to have if major roads are blocked or impassable.
- Phone numbers of Relatives: Have an out of state person that you will check in with via call or text. Their phone system is not likely to be affected if they are not in your immediate area. They can then call an update everyone else.
- Marriage License, Death Certificates, Adoption Certificates, anything that verifies your family unit.
- Recent Family Photo: Help others to identify your family should you get split up.
- Birth Certificate, Driver License, Medical Insurance Card, Social Security Card, Passport, any other forms of ID that you would need to identify who you are and what your qualifications or needs are.
- Doctor Phone Numbers, Immunization Records, Prescription Lists and dosages for any medications, Special Medical Info: If your family is separated at all, especially if you have young children, you will want to ensure they are able to get the proper care and attention they need.
- Back up of computer files. Make a regular appointment with your computer to put the most current files on. Whether that is daily, weekly, or monthly decide what suits the needs of your family the best.
- Family photos: have these backed up either online or on a drive that you can take with you. Personal family photos cannot be replaced!
- Bank Statements, Credit Cards, Retirement Statement, Utility Statement, Work/Tax Documents: You will want to make sure that you have all the information to stay on top of the places that your money is going out to on a regular basis. Having copies of all this information on hand is the best way to do this.
- Auto, Health, Dental, Home, Life, etc: Any insurance you have. You want to have a current copy of the policy as well as the correct contact info for the agencies.
Auto, Home, Living Will, any Deeds and Titles that you have to any property. These things help you prove what was yours, and what may have been lost or damaged in the emergency.
The checklist I made is a simple list that suited the needs of our family. For a more comprehensive list, you can refer to this one from iwillprepare.com:
In each 72 Hour kit we also have an updated family photo as well as a filled out Emergency Info Card. All of this is grouped together in a ziploc bag in the kits so it can be accessed quickly should we be separated from each other. Get your Emergency Info Card printable here:
Just a reminder that since you have just compiled all your most sensitive information, you will want to keep it in a safe place. You want it some where that you can grab the information quickly, and keep it updated regularly. Have fun gathering all your info!
What do you have in your Grab and Go Binder?