Being prepared for emergencies reduces stress when it actually happens. This FREE Seven Page Family Emergency Binder will help you when a crisis hits!
When we prepare for bad situations, we reduce our stress. Yet, time and time again we procrastinate and don’t take the few simple steps to be ready. Whether you are preparing for the next hurricane season, middle America’s tornado alley or a threatening snowstorm up north, these comprehensive printables will have your family ready for just about any situation.
🆘 What is it?
This Family Emergency Printable Binder gives your family the peace of mind. All of your critical preparation steps are in a binder that you can grab when a crisis happens (or is about to happen). All of your critical information and points of contact are already filled out so you don’t have to go scrambling to find them after the fact. How many times have you had something happen unexpectedly and you had to literally hunt down critical information while your emotions are running high? I know from first hand experience that this is horrible! Completing this binder will save all of that stress and uncertainty.
‼️ Why Do We Need One?
Every household should have an Emergency Binder or at the very least, a few of these printables ready to go. Even if you don’t live in threatening areas, you are not immune from natural disasters or other crises. I don’t mean to scare anyone, but there are risks everywhere. Earthquakes and floods can happen in the most unexpected places. Fires and sinkholes can’t be predicted. So, don’t put your family at risk. Complete these worksheets in case you need them for an emergency.
Grab a pen and get your computer out to fill out the following printables!
This supply list provides a complete list of common items needed for emergency situations. Each section is divided into the type of supplies you need like Food and Water, Tools and Gear and First Aid. This is a great time to get the whole family involved to gather and label the items and place them in a bin. Keep that bin easy to grab on the way out of the door.
Don’t count on remembering where your duct tape is when you are trying to get the kids out of the house. Have a spare roll stored in the bin so you can grab it and go. Once you have placed all the items in a bin, label and put the printable in your binder in a protective sleeve.
💻 Blank Version
Use this blank version of the Emergency Supplies Printable to fill in items that are specific to your family.
Maybe you are in a high risk hurricane area – you may want to add different items to your list like a saw, generator, extension cords, crow bar or clean buckets for storing extra water.
I included medications, spare battery charger and walkie talkies to mine. Think this through with your family to determine what else will be needed. I bet they come up with some great ideas too!
👪 Family Emergency Plan
Use this printable as a guide to have a family discussion about what your emergency plan should be. Out of all of the printables in this binder, this one could be the most important.
Talk to your family about each section and make sure everyone knows the answer. If you have kids, go through the places to muster together and have them lead you to the location so you are comfortable that they know exactly where to meet. Review this every 6-12 months as people move, family dynamics change and kids grow up.
Without this binder, our family would not agree on where the COMMUNITY MEETING PLACE is located. We would all think it was somewhere different! This is a great example for the need for a family discussion. Make sure to write it down so it can be referred to later.
For the Evacuation Routes/Destinations section, make sure to check to see if your area has multiple routes and document all of them. If there are, it is critical that your family know all of them in case one is unavailable during a crisis.
There is a kid friendly version on Homeadvisor that can help the kids participate for developing this plan!
👨👩👧👦 Family Emergency Contacts
We should all have the Emergency Contacts written down. With more and more households going without a landline, the old fashioned lists by the phone are becoming extinct. With the Family Emergency Binder, that problem is now solved and you can write it down and slide it into the sleeve in the binder.
Write down Emergency Contacts as you may not remember the numbers off of the top of your head. Most of us just use our smartphones to choose a person we want to contact, but very few people actually remember the phone number.
Maybe the phone number of the Emergency is in your phone contacts but you were not able to grab your phone on the way out. There is a time and place for our awesome technology but a little bit of pen and paper still has its place.
Include nearby neighbors to reach out to in case of an emergency. Talk to them and make sure they know that you are putting them down and offer them to be an emergency contact for them too. When we have done this, our friends have been very happy to be trusted enough to serve in this role.
Important Contacts include your doctor and pharmacy. Find the number for the Urgent Care you like and put that down so you don’t have to hunt it down everytime.
🔌 Family Emergency Utilities
During emergencies, it is easier to have all the phone numbers and account numbers to your local utilities in one place. This virtually eliminates the stress of finding them when time is critical.
The best part of this sheet is the location of the utility boxes! How many of us remember right off of the top of our head where the water meter is? Emergency water cutoff location? Can you name the Emergency Water Location without asking your spouse? Make the whole family involved and make sure everyone knows the location and function of each of these items.
📒 Family Member Details
Family Member Details should be one of the most important sheets in your Emergency Binder! It is in depth and details of everyone in your family. Take the time BEFORE an emergency happens to fill out all the important information.
If asked, would you know each member of your family’s blood type. Right now! On the spot? Add in stress of a crisis and think again…would you then know everyone’s blood type. This sheet takes stress off the table when we can provide emergency responders with everything they need to assist us.
Adding the photo into each family member’s binder sheet is critical. When a disaster strikes, we don’t always have updated photos to just give to responders to help us locate a family member.
The last part of adding in the fingerprints is hard and we get that. This is for those extreme cases that you hope you never need to use!
This is just one binder in our MEGA BINDER SERIES! Make sure to check out all the free binder printables while you’re here. They are just a download button away!
🧳 Grab and Go Sheet
When an emergency or disaster hits, our minds are not the sharpest, we know that! Using a Grab and Go Sheet will allow you to PLAN on what you need to grab before heading out the door. For example, during hurricane season when you need to evacuate, this is the perfect sheet to have that lists out what you want to put in the car before you head out. YOU WILL NOT REMEMBER EVERYTHING so don’t try to convince yourself that you will!
This sheet helps you to remember not just the dog but the dog’s food, leash and medicine. Will you remember your child’s favorite stuffed toy? Think photos, medicine, files…anything that can’t be replaced or are very hard to replace. Social security cards, passports, birth certificates are all Grab and Go Items!
Mini Financial Binder – This is one of our personal favorites because we love to track our bills/finances and see where our money goes. Once you get going on this, you will become addicted to saving and being thrifty…and watching your debt decrease is a huge bonus! Scroll down to click on the links for all the pages of this binder.
Huge Medical Binder – Let’s collect all the medical information we need into one big binder! This one is really great because there might be one or two sheets that you really need rather than the entire binder at this point in your life. It is easy enough just to print those. I use these for my mom all the time.
Holiday Binder – This is a fun one to use during the holiday times. Get yourself organized and stay that way to enjoy the holidays with your family and friends!
Recipe Binder – This is one of my all time favorites! I love printing off recipes or clipping them from magazines and keeping them in this binder. Since it’s attractive, I want to keep it looking nice!
Mini Organizational Binder – This one has a password log, menu planner, birthdays/anniversaries, 52 Week Challenge and more!
Free Printable Binder Covers – These are simply fun, bright and full of energy! They are great to have for those binders that you want to have a little bit of decorative flair.
📌 Items needed to make your binder:
- 1” inch Binder – since there are only a few sheets, you don’t need a huge one. You can also think about getting a pack of binders if you plan to get a little “binder happy” like we are!
- Protective Sleeves to protect your paper!
That’s it! Minimal cost to get your started on protecting your family from life’s next emergency! Stay safe!
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Let’s get those binder and protective sheets out and plan a family meeting! Let us know how it goes and if there are other sheets you would like to be added to the binder! We love requests!