Ever get asked in all the times you have moved looking for a document and you swear you put it in a "safe spot"? Or forgotten which zip code you live in? US TOO!! Add in a high stress time, and you will not find that document.
Coast Guard families are stationed all over the country. We see snowstorms, hurricanes, Nor'easters, tornadoes, flooding and this isn’t even talking about personal emergencies, heaven forbid. Keeping and emergency binder is an important aspect of being prepared. It is the who’s who of your family. It has every pertinent document and plan needed to move in an emergency.
We keep copies of all of these documents in a secondary location to ensure that if something does happen where we are unable to grab, we have someone to hold onto it. We have it at our inlaws’ safe as well as ours. And in an emergency, we just grab the binder from the safe and drop into our go box, which can be found here.
Grab a 2 inch binder or folder to place all of the below documents.
Current image of family members
Child ID kit, if applicable
Social Security Cards
MILITARY DOCUMENTS/ JOB DOCUMENTS:
Mortgage account information
Bank account information, including debit card numbers
Credit card account information, including card numbers
3 Years Income Tax Records
Property Tax Statements
401k, mutual funds, TSP summaries
Pension Plan information
Certificate of Deposits
Keys – Home, Cars, Safes, Business, Mailbox, etc..
Utility Bill for proof of residency
Address history documents
Prenuptial/ Post nuptial
Child custody agreements
Trust and amendments
Contact information involved within the Will
Power of Attorney
Vehicle Registration documents
Homeowners Registration documents
Photos (Including CDs)
Recent and Old photos printed
Maps of local area