Tomorrow, I’m going to be sharing with you a great resource. It’ll be about how to create your own emergency binder with ready-made resources and free printables. So get ready for it! I’m offering you a free printable emergency binder cover today so that you can get your binder ready!
A tip for printing: Trying to insert a 1.25″ strip of paper into a small binder spine is kind of tricky, but it can be done. But if you happen to have cardstock available to print on (also known as index paper), try it, instead. It’ll give you a little more body to put the pieces into your binder covers.
You can get a binder with insertable pouches for your own covers at any box store, office supply, or teacher supply. I’ve created the spine inserts for the 1.5″, 2″, and 3″ spines, but you can adjust for whatever you need. They’re white backgrounds, so keep that in mind if matching matters to you!
Download the Family Emergency Binder Cover here
Download the Family Emergency Binder Spine inserts here
Another free printable you can get is one for Emergency ID Cards for your emergency bags.
Items Helpful to Create a Family Emergency Binder
- Page Protectors – while you can just 3-hole punch your papers, they will get torn and messed up the more you use your binder. Also, you don’t want to hole-punch your important papers, etc. So slipping them into a page protector keeps them safe and protected but still accessible.
- 4×6 recipe card protectors – good for the Emergency ID cards (and you can put more than 1 copy in each slot, so you have extras to send off with kids for field trips, etc.) If you expand your emergency binder to include full food storage planning, etc., having these to store recipe cards with your food storage information is great!
- Laminating machine – sometimes it is really helpful to have something laminated to keep it protected even more. Make it useful outside of your binder without damaging it, and you can even use wipe-off markers on it. It’s what we did with our map print-offs.
- Zip top bags – for those things you don’t want to laminate but want to protect just in case you flip your binder and they fall out.
- Baseball card pocket protectors – used to collect baseball cards and business cards, these can house your credit cards, extra keys, and other smaller objects that don’t readily fit into your other pages.
So be prepared to start collecting documents, printing off sheets, and getting all of your emergency preparedness in order in a grab-and-go binder that can help your family in the event of an emergency.
Do you have an emergency binder?
Want even more ideas for creating your emergency binder? Check out the ideas I’ve collected on Pinterest!
Mike is a preparedness enthusiast, adventurer, and sports fanatic. He followed in his family’s footsteps and undertook training and education in disaster survival, home preparedness, and personal safety. When he is not out on his next adventure, Mike offers our readers a glimpse into how and what it means to live a prepared life.
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