So what the heck is a “Go” Binder anyway? Back in my teaching days we had a “Go” bag-I hated it. I had to carry it everywhere we went! It had essential things in it such as a class rooster, home phone numbers, allergy info you know important stuff…especially in the case of an emergency.
This year I started getting all our family things in gear….fire box, will….and I got to thinking. It would be really nice in case of an emergency to have a family “go” binder. One that I filled with things that I would readily need should we have to leave or evacuate. Now I know what you’re thinking…..oh and yes I totally love those doomsday prepper shows. In fact, should go peruse through my Pinterest page you may find some stockpiling and other things of that sort uhem.
I digress-anyways evacuation. We have had to evacuate before…remember Katrina-you know the hurricane? Well after Katrina and everyone evacuated to Houston we had our own storm-Rita. Schools closed and people evacuated. It happens.
So our “Go” binder is taking shape this year.
Supplies-A cute binder-Target has really cute ones and they also have super cute tabs! I also used plastic sleeves to store all the documents in.
What did I include you ask?
The beginning has all our information:
*Insurance numbers to call, coverage included and account numbers. This includes home, health, car, etc….
*Credit card-accounts and phone numbers-great for instances where they should get stolen.
*Bank accounts/investments-account numbers and addresses for bank accounts, IRA, bonds, stock, safe deposit boxes anything of this sort.
*Important numbers-all doctors, family members, vet….location of will
The second part and this is the part I used the plastic sleeves for….
I divided this one into sections.
1. Birth certificates and social security cards.
2. Certificates-Marriage Licenses, Divorce papers-should you have some, for me my teaching certificates,military papers too.
3. Religious-as for Catholics…Baptism, First Communion, Confirmation and Marriage from the Church.
I’m hoping to also add a section for each of us with a recent photo and fingerprints.
Now here’s the key. Store the binder in place you can reach in the house close to the door or in a well used area but unseen. That way when you have to bail it’s close by.
Now you tell me-what am I forgetting?????