MAY “Get It Done” Challenge: Make that binder

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This month’s “Get It Done” challenge is something that we feel really strongly about. In our Emergency Preparedness Plan we discuss having a 72 hour kit that you can grab and go in an emergency with 3 days of food and water as well as supplies. One of the key parts of that kit is to have an “Emergency Binder” full of all of your family’s important documents that you would not want to lose should you not be able to return to your home.

The emergency binder part of the plan is often neglected for any of these reasons:

  • It’s a hassle to collect all the documents
  • You don’t know WHERE all your documents are
  • You worry about security
  • You don’t have a good binder, dividers, sheet protectors, etc. on hand
  • You think you will “do it later”
  • You haven’t had time

  • If you haven’t made your emergency binder yet for one of those reasons (or any other), this is the month for you to GET IT DONE!



    You’re task this month should you “Accept” the challenge is to do one of the following:

    1. Create an emergency binder and compile all your documents
    2. Buy a Preparedness Planner Kit and compile all your documents
    3. Look through your current binder and make sure everything is current (updated insurance policies, birth certificate for your latest baby, current investment statements, etc.)

    Scroll down for helpful ideas on how to make your binder if you are working on starting an emergency binder from scratch.


    We love to see when you guys actually finish the challenges, so here is a little “social” game we will play this month:

    1. Post a picture of your completed Emergency Binder on our facebook fan page.
    2. We will post your photos to our Instagram account throughout the month to highlight all the different ways people do their binders. (follow us @foodstoragemadeeasy on Instagram)


    In our May newsletter we gave a full tutorial on how to create your own binder including a list of what to buy, what to include, and free downloads for section dividers and a cover page. Check it out if you are a do-it-yourself type! We also saw these adorable pink zipper binders that would be perfect to use (ok it comes in black too). I love that it has a handle for easy grab and go, and it zips shut in case things fall out of your sheet protectors.

    This is a robust complete system that will walk you step-by-step through creating your whole binder. Each item you are told to store has a sheet protector created to exactly fit that item (i.e. passports, insurance cards, etc.) The binder is heavy duty, the sheet protectors are top quality, and the worksheets contained inside really complete the package with full instructions.

    The Prepare My Life Planner is regularly $119.95 but is ON SALE for just $99.95 this month! If you want it made easy for you, this is a great product. If you want to save money and make it yourself, that’s great too. The most important thing is to just GET IT DONE!

    • Carrine

      Got it done! Thanks…I didn’t realize how much of my information was outdated. It had been longer than I realized since I had updated it last time.

    • This engaging article is a needed corrective, a whirlwind tour of the
      latest developments in Emergency binder, GREAT BINDER OPTIONS, Sheet
      protectors, and other fields…Jodi and Julie make a compelling case for
      optimism over dread as we face the exhilarating unknown.

    • Linda Lee

      Create a bug out bag for your documents in case of fire, tornado, or hurricane, or any other emergency situation. I hae done this, because you never know when you are going to have to evacuate. I also have a bug out bag stashed with this one for each person and out pets. And I keep our pets’ carriers where I can get ot them quickly.

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