Welcome to week 4 of Emergency Preparedness. The forth step to creating an emergency survival station for your home is putting together an important documents folder for each backpack, one emergency binder (for important personal information) to go in an adult backpack & start a (small bill) cash reserve. If for some reason your family gets separated, all family members have cash & emergency information. If the power goes out you will not be able to use your credit card. Cash may be the only option. Once you collect your important documents & photocopy them, create your emergency binder & stash some cash, you are ready to move on to week 5.
1. Obtain folders (one for each backpack). You will place copies of medical & family information in them.
2. Photocopy “Important Documents” (below) from your personal files.
3. Print & fill out printables (if you have the E-Book) & add personal information as directed. If you do not have the e-book, see below (Important information to have).
4. Add 2 ($1) bills to each backpack every pay (at least $100/per person goal). You can keep the cash in another location where it’s easy to access.
5. Print out a recent individual & family picture and place in each folder.
6. Designate an “Emergency Binder” to keep important family documents (including marriage license, birth certificates, SS cards, etc). You only need 1 binder for these documents.
IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS TO PHOTOCOPY
Social Security Card
DD 214 (Military Record)
Advanced Medical Directive
Power of Attorney
Life Insurance Policy
Home Insurance Policy
Deeds & Titles
*Add additional important papers as needed. Place these papers in the emergency “binder”.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION TO HAVE IN EACH BACKPACK
(Printables are included in E-Book)
1. Family Health Information – Medical history, medications, blood type, allergies
2. Family Emergency Plan – Where will everyone meet if there is an emergency? Have a plan and place it in each backpack.
3. Insurance Policies & Phone Numbers – Medical, Home, Dental, Life *Only needed in 1 backpack.
4. Important Emergency Numbers – Fire, Gas, Electric Co, Police, Poison Control, etc.
5. Family Numbers – Closest relatives, neighbors, baby sitters.
Once you have printed, copied, and/or filled out your important documents, as well as put away $2 for each family member, you are ready to move on to week #5.
MONEY SAVING TIP
If you already have a binder at home, re-use it. Also, you can purchase inexpensive folders at Walmart for about 20 cents each. If you cannot afford to stash $2/week, stash what your budget allows. A little $ collected over time adds up to a lot!
“EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS” E-BOOK & PRINTABLES