Welcome to the beginning of the Emergency Binder creation process. Last week, I shared the binder and dividers I am using for this project. This week, we are starting Section 1: The Vital Documents.
To me, vital documents include any records of life events. In this case, they would include (but, not limited to):
- Birth certificates
- Marriage certificates
- Drivers licenses (copies)
- Vehicle registrations
- School records – transcripts, test scores, contracts, etc.
If you need replacements for any of these documents, visit the Usa.gov Website. They give you every link needed to replace these vital documents.
As I was creating this list, I started thinking in my head where these documents were in my house and I was completely lost on most of them. I kept say, “at one point, I put them here… then, I think I moved them here…” If I had to put my hand on the document right then, I would not have been able to do it.
This proves my point that I needed to create this binder pretty bad. If a tornado rips through my town (one actually did eight years ago and tore down my high school), then I would be completely lost. Anyone that knows me knows that at the time of a crisis, I have a hard time thinking. Being unorganized at that moment would make my stress even worse!
Note: This binder will not be kept on my office bookcase. There will be private documents for my family’s viewing only, so I plan on keeping it hidden from everyone but my husband and parents.
And, a few pictures of my binder at this moment. All of the documents are personal ones in this section of the binder, so I do not have any photos of them.
And, a look at how thick this section ended up being…