teal duo binder filled with paperwork for an emergency preparedness plan

It’s never too early to put an emergency preparedness plan for your home together. With an ICE (In Case of Emergency) Book you can plan ahead for your family and prepare the information they’d need in case something happened to you or your spouse! It may sound morbid or even overwhelming but I promise you’ll be so glad once it’s done. I sure was!

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teal duo binder filled with paperwork for an emergency preparedness plan

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 already have a will, living will or power of attorney contact a lawyer or you can get them at U.S. Legal Forms).

Making sure that Trent knew my wishes upon my death (i.e. I don’t want an open casket, I want a memorial service, etc.) was important to me. It could be another 60 years before I go but it was important to me to have that plan in place for him.

 

teal duo binder on top of a brown desk

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 a great emergency preparedness plan to have in place if should something ever happened to both of us. (We’ve both chosen a person and given the info of how/where to find our emergency book.)

Let me introduce you to the Duo 2-in-2 Binder!

This uber cool Duo 2-in-1 Binder has both a 3-ring binder and a 7 pocket accordion with tons of space to keep all of our info! (It’s super expensive, but 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 place.)

 

open teal binder

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 is in an in case of emergency book?

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 since Trent doesn’t know a lot of the behind-the-scenes info about my business.)

 

open teal duo binder filled with paperwork

The information I needed for my binder 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.

 

open teal duo binder filled with paperwork for an emergency

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.

 

teal duo binder filled with paperwork for an emergency

Do you have an emergency preparedness plan for your home in place?

If not, go grab your Duo 2-in-1 Binder here and get yours started today!

And if you do, I’d love to know what system you use to keep all of your important documents together!

 


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