Being prepared for emergencies reduces stress when it actually happens. This FREE Ten Page Family Emergency Grab and Go Binder will help you when a crisis hits! Whether that is hospitalization, death, hurricane, flood or any catastrophic event, this compilation will help guide your loved ones through the toughest of times.
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, a threatening snowstorm up north, or dealing with a family member in the hospital that cares for all the family administrative duties, these comprehensive printables will have your family ready for just about any situation.
🆘 What is it?
This Family Emergency Binder Printable PDF gives your family the peace of mind by compiling all the vital family information into one secure place.
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 information and points of contact are already filled out, so you don’t have to go scrambling to find them after the fact.
This is going to give you and your family members that peace of mind when all the unexpected “What If’s” happens or ICE – IN CASE of EMERGENCY.
How many times have you had something happen unexpectedly and you had to literally hunt down needed 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 a planner 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 such as sudden health care scares. What is your plan if your parents get in a car crash and you need to provide key details to the responders?
This isn’t meant 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!
Emergency Supplies List Filled In
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 collected everything, label it and put the printable in your binder in a protective sleeve.
Food/Water: Water, food, can opener, baby food, coolers, utensils, fire safe stove. Keep track of how old the food is on a monthly calendar that is kept with the food so you know when to switch it out.
Personal Items: Clothes, shoes, personal documents (make sure these are scanned and loaded up to a safe digital storage place like Google Drive, Last Pass App or at a minimum stored in a safe). Prescriptions, glasses/contacts/solution plus don’t forget all the same items for your pets.
Tools + Gear: Flashlights, batteries, tarps, knife, scissors, work gloves, duct tape and water proof matches.
First Aid + Hygiene: First aid kit, sun block, insect repellant, hand sanitizer, garbage bags and toilet paper.
Shelter: Tent, sleeping bags, tarps, battery operated fan, emergency reflecting blanket.
Communication: Battery operated radio, cell phone power banks, whistles.
Emergency Supplies 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 Printable /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.
👨👩👧👦 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!
🧳 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!
Top Grab and Go Items:
Social Security Cards
Bank Information/Credit Cards
Photos or personal items that can’t be replaced
Emergency Kit Checklist
This sheet provides most of the items needed to create an emergency kit for your family. This kit focuses more on flood, hurricane, tornados rather than a family member in the hospital or sudden death.
Creating a bin in your laundry room or garage packed full of everything you need and check it annually. We check ours right after New Years every year.
This sheet will help you in times of disaster when you will need to provide a list of lost items from your home to an insurance adjuster. You will be under too much stress after the catastrophic event so don’t try to trust your memory in cases like this. Snap some photos or videos as well and store then in Google Drive, Amazon photos or your favorite digital photo storage.
📌 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!
Bin to collect all items to keep in a sealed container.
That’s it! Minimal cost to get your started on protecting your family from life’s next emergency! Stay safe!
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It includes ten printable worksheets to help your family be prepared for an emergency. Enter in your email, and we’ll send it to you.
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!