Our 72 Hour Bags are done. Are you feeling better about your resilience in the event of an emergency? Just having three days worth of basic essentials makes you a preparedness superstar compared to most Americans.
Today we’re going to start putting all our important emergency and home information in one spot. When we’re done, you are going to have all the information you need to manage day-to-day stuff, minor emergencies or major ones. There’s a couple ways to do this. I prefer the “Family Reference Binder” approach.
Some advantages of a Family Reference Binder:
- Hard Copy – I literally don’t know my daughter’s phone number. She’s in my phone as “Daughter” and I push a picture of her face if I want to text or call her. This isn’t like the old days when you had to memorize 10 digits for every person you called on a regular basis. Imagine your phone is destroyed or all the contacts became unavailable because of an emergency. Some neighbor says you can borrow his working phone to text your kid – would you even know what phone number to punch in? Hard copy still has a place.
- Universal Reference Tool – A binder is easy for anyone to use, to find exactly what they need – including caregivers, grandparents, or babysitters who would not have access to your digital files. We have handed our binder to trusted friends and family in more situations that I can count, confident that if a question comes up, they will be able to find the answer.
- Not Dependant on Electricity – In an emergency, don’t waste precious time or phone battery trying to look up basic household contacts.
- Easy to update – Just update and reprint one page at a time as information changes or children grow.