Unfortunately, when tensions get high and time is of the essence, can you guarantee that you will be able to gather all the info you will need? A preparedness binder might just be the answer to alleviate your worries.
What is a preparedness binder?
A preparedness binder is just what it sounds like. It is a binder, folder or notebook full of your most important information that you have prepped for quick access during an emergency situation.
How do I make my binder?
Get creative! Determine what types of information and how much you are going to need to record. You can use something as large as a three-ring binder or as small as a steno pad. It is important to make sure your binder is in a safe, but easily accessible place. Waterproofing is bonus. Laminating your page(s) of info can help protect your vital data.
What should I include?
Start with the basics—both yours and your emergency contacts. List your vital information (name, date of birth, address, phone numbers, etc.) and the vital information of any household members. Create a list of local contact information (police, fire, EMT, poison control, etc.) and a list of your emergency contacts (friends, family, neighbors, and employers). Expand your binder with items such as your insurance information (medical, life, car, homeowners), prescription info, legal information such as power of attorney, or any other type of information you might need access to in an emergency.
In a worst-case scenario situation, do you know what types of crucial information you might need to access? Share with us how you manage your information in the comment section.
Lisa Metheny is a published award-winning outdoor writer, photographer, speaker and outdoor skills instructor. Lisa holds several instructor certifications and conducts a number of women-focused outdoor seminars on topics such as archery and hunting throughout the year. She regularly teaches hunters education and archery classes and has become an advocate for promoting traditional outdoor recreation to families across the United States. Lisa is also an avid and accomplished hunter with many big game species to her credit. She is a member of POMA and former Board of Directors member as well as a member of the NRA, RMEF, MDF and DU.
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