I’m so excited to share our ICE (In Case of Emergency) Book with you today! I’ve had this little booger on my mental “to do” list for a few months now so I’m super pumped to finally have pulled it together!
When my dad passed away I created a will, living will and power of attorney. No, I don’t have a secret fortune lying around, it’s just the responsible thing to do. (It’s so much easier for your family if you have these documents in place. If you don’t have them you can get them at U.S. Legal Forms – it’s where I bought mine and they’re very inexpensive).
I also wrote down my wishes for Trent upon my death (i.e. I don’t want an open casket, I want a memorial service, etc.). It could be another 70 years before I go but it was important to me to have that done for him.
I had seen the idea for this ICE Book over at Andrea Dekker. (If you haven’t checked out her site, Andrea has fabulous organizational ideas!) I take care of our household paperwork and budget (I enjoy it more than Trent does) so having this book for him would be priceless if something happened to me. This book is also great to have in place if something ever happened to both of us. (We’ve both chosen a person and given the info of how/where to find our book.)
I started by buying this uber cool Duo 2-in-1 Binder that is both a 3-ring binder and a 7 pocket accordion! There is tons of space to keep all of our info! (If you don’t have the extra cash to buy this binder you can use whatever you have around the house. The most important thing is having your info organized and in one spot.)
Andrea is so very generous to share her free, downloadable printables to help us get started. All we have to do is enter the information into the sheets! You can download them in Word format here.
What type of info do we have in this little puppy? Well, I’m glad you asked!
Personal – Marriage license, birth certificates, social security cards, passports, copies of drivers licenses, health and life insurance info, and medical contacts/info
Financial – Checking, savings and investment account numbers and log-ins
Insurance – Policy numbers, company names and contact info
Home/Auto – Titles, vehicle and household bill info
Retirement – Policy numbers, company names and contact info
Business Info – Log-ins, passwords, etc. (I tried to include as much detail as possible sine Trent doesn’t know a lot of the behind-the-scenes info about my business.)
Our information was in quite a few different places so I had a “fun time” pulling it together. But, once I had all of the information in one place it didn’t take any time at all to organize our binder.
As you can see, the accordion portion has all of the hard copies (policies, licenses, wills, etc.). The numbers and such are on the 3-ring binder side.
Do you have an ICE Book?
If not, go grab your Duo 2-in-1 Binder here and get yours started today!
If you do, I’d love to know what system you use to keep all of your important documents together!