MAY “Get It Done” Challenge: Make that binder

Get it Done Challenge
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.…
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How to Create an Emergency Binder

Disaster Kits, E-Prep Basics
We often have readers ask us about preparing for a Natural Disaster and what the most critical steps would be. We have talked a lot about this over the years on our blog. Earlier this week we shared 50 Last Minute Ways to Prepare for an Emergency. Last week we posted a Disaster Kit refresher for you to share with your family and friends that will be helpful whether you shelter-in-place or have to evacuate. Today we wanted to do a little refresher on Emergency Binders which are a critical component of Disaster Kits. What is an Emergency Binder? In our Emergency Prep, section we talk about how each family should have a plan, food, supplies, and have their Emergency Binder put together. Whether it's a natural disaster or a…
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Emergency Preparedness Planner

Emergency Preparedness Planner

Disaster Kits, Emergency Preparedness
Remember when Jodi and I went to the Self Reliance expo a few weeks ago. We told you a little about it here. Well I wasn't expecting to fall in love at a Self Reliance Expo... but as you will see in this video... I DID! In our Emergency Binder post we talk about how important it is to have your documents safe and ready to grab and go in case of an evacuation. I had been meaning to put my binder into a better binder and get special sheet protectors ever since our 7 Day Challenge this year. Well I somehow kept procrastinating the job and when I saw this Prepare My Life Planner I was so thrilled because Tami - the creator of the Planner thought of EVERYTHING…
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Emergency Preparedness Plan (and PDF’S!!!!)

Emergency Preparedness, Getting Started, Helpful Tools
For those of you who have been to the Fun with Food Storage Party all week, you may already have received the party favor - Our Emergency Preparedness Plan Workbook. We made it in excel because that way you can customize and alter the sheets to fit your families needs. For those of you who don't have excel or "hate" excel, -while Julie (the excel nerd) will never understand HOW that is possible... we have turned all the sheets in the spreadsheet into PDF'S. Your welcome! Thanks to a great comment we received on our Emergency Binder post last week, we added a sheet to the workbook for you to record what you would grab in case of evacuations (pictures, albums, laptop) in order of importance. This is new today…
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How to Create an Emergency Binder

Disaster Kits
What is an Emergency Binder? As we talk about under Getting Started, each family should have a disaster kit put together which includes things like first aid items, 72 hour food kits, extra outfits, etc. An emergency binder is an integral part of this kit. Basically you ask yourself this question: Would I be frustrated or mad if I lost this item in an earthquake, flood, or other emergency situation? What should I include in my Emergency Binder? birth certificates passports social security cards copies of your credit cards front and back homeowners insurance policy auto insurance policy life insurance policy bank statements retirement statements internet passwords (banking, personal, work etc) immunization records utility statements work/tax documents that would be difficult to replace CASH - keep a variety of small…
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