Family Emergency Binder

Family Emergency Binder: 

All important records and plans in portable format: documents needed to rebuild life!

Know what to do, who to contact, when to leave, where to go, how to get there, and what to take. Remember, when disaster strikes, there will not be the time, opportunity, or money to do anything about it. For the best opportunity of “surthrival” (thriving is the midst of survival), six basic categories should be considered: 1) Personal Health & Safety  2) Shelter  3) Water  4) Fire & Energy  5) Food  6) Tools.


This binder will contain all of your family’s documents and a written plan for common emergency situations. Have an organized, tabbed binder with page protectors. Include the documents below; plus maps (laminated); contacts; and pictures of all people, places, and supplies. Also include a sufficient amount of cash based on your projected needs (hotel, food, fuel, money to give away).


  • Print all phone contacts
  • Recent photos of family, pets, assets, supplies
  • Key Internet sites and passwords
  • Firearms permits (CCW, hunting etc.)
  • Resumes, diplomas
  • Driver’s licenses/Passports
  • Birth certificates
  • Professional licenses/certifications
  • Social Security cards
  • Military documents


  • Front and back of credit/debit cards
  • Car titles/maintenance log
  • Property deeds/Mortgages
  • Insurance policies (life, health, rental/home)
  • Car registrations/Insurance
  • Investments (bonds, stocks, IRA, 401K)
  • Bank statements
  • Tax Returns
  • Rent/lease agreement
  • Wills/living will


  • Contact info of all doctors
  • Medical histories of each family member
  • Blood types for each family member
  • Copy of health insurance cards
  • List of current prescriptions, dosage
  • Pets medical info
  • Pharmacy contact information
  • Immunization records


  • Photos/documents of anything of value
  • Photos of house and all rooms in house
  • Firearm serial numbers
  • Photos of supplies and gear by location


  • Contact information of attorneys
  • Copy of wills, trusts, contracts, etc.
  • Marriage, Divorce, Court Orders, PPOs
  • Child custody or adoption documentation


G.O.O.D. PLAN (Get Out Of Dodge) 

Think and pray through your family’s response (NOT reaction) to various potential life-disrupting events. Then fully document who to contact, when to leave, where to go, how to get there, and what to take. Don’t forget that  staying in place and having others come to you may be the best answer.

1. Near Home Meet-Up Location – This will be your first location to meet up and is typically near or at your home.

2. Out-of-Neighborhood Meet-Up Location – This location should be somewhere close to your home but possibly outside of your neighborhood. Be sure you include plans for picking up any children that may be at school during the time you need to meet up or relocate. Be mindful of any requirements your child’s school has for picking up children in normal times and times of disaster. You’ll want to consider how long you should wait for each other at the Meet-Up Location before going to your Fallback Location.

3. Fallback Location – Ideally, this location would be remote, highly defensible, pre-stocked location that is completely off-grid and self-sustaining. This is but a dream for most, so do the best you can with what you have, but continually work toward independence and freedom. Possibilities include a relative or friend’s house, a vacation house or cabin, and don’t forget enough cash for a hotel for a week or two. Consider a spot at least 100 miles from your home that is pre-arranged and has multiple travel routes available. Also, have a Backup Location in mind if your Fallback Location is for some reason not feasible. It should be in a different direction, and possibly more remote.



Use mapping software, your past experience, and test drives to determine multiple routes to your various locations. Have three options planned and documented. These routes will be printed and laminated in your binder. Also, print out the clearest, simplest description of these routes should you need to communicate them with others. Make sure to have traditional printed atlases as a backup and in case you need to improvise your journey due to unforeseen problems. Topographic maps are great if you can include them. Do NOT rely completely on electronics!



Determining WHEN it is time to leave is a crucial component of a G.O.O.D. response plan. Joining thousands of disgruntled people (substitute “angry” or “violent”) on a gridlocked highway will turn out to be a disaster. Having a set of pre-determined triggers for an exit will greatly increase your ability to keep your loved ones safe. Make the time to pray and brainstorm about the things likely to affect your family in your specific area. Churches should do the same.

Communication with families close to us will be paramount when things start to get ugly. HAM radio will turn out to be an excellent investment when traditional methods of communication are not possible. A “phone tree” type of notification system should also be pre-planned and tested, whether it is by cell phone, texting, e-mail, Ham radio, or even walkie-talkies when local.

As Christians, we have the privilege and responsibility of hearing our Lord’s voice. A trigger event scenario is obviously a time when we need to hear His clear direction. This ability is what I yearn for, and what each of us should acquire in an increasing manner for all areas of life. The closer we are to Jesus, the more we will be able to hear the voice of the Holy Spirit. In line with this, we should consider prophecies in which others have heard the Voice of the Lord. We should then test the words that have been given to true “Servants of the Lord” to determine potential trigger events.

The following are a basic list of possible events that would necessitate relocation. These are very general in nature and do not take into account personal factors which would be decided in each family through our connections with our loved ones, our church, our job, and with our Lord.


  • Bank holidays, limits on activity
  • Stock market events
  • Offshore economic events
  • U.S Dollar, SDR, Fed, IMF, BRICS events


  • Riots, looting, protests, other violence
  • Lawlessness and crime increase


  • Hurricanes
  • Tornadoes
  • Flooding
  • Blizzards
  • Earthquakes
  • Volcanoes

National Events:

  • Martial law, war
  • Internet down for extended period
  • Transportation hindered/closed
  • Supply chains stopped/slowed

Local Events:

  • Power outage more that X # of days
  • Curfews


Have additional copies of your plan available. These backup copies should be in each vehicle. All originals should be in a secure binder and stored in a safe place instantly accessible by all. Have extra copies of maps and relevant documents to pass out. Then be intentional—practice your plan. Drive the routes, do without the electronics for a day, and even turn off the power for a couple days to ensure that you are really ready!

As in all parts of the Storehouse Strategy, think beyond your personal and immediate family needs. When unexpected things happen that change our comfortable routines, we will want to have extra that can be given to others. Above all, we want to be ready to give away that which is most precious: the Gospel of the Kingdom of God.

Also, recognize three levels of relocation. 1) EDC: (Every-Day Carry)  2) Suitcase Level: just a bag for survival 3) Vehicle Level: important things that fit inside.  4) Container/Truck Level: take all basic possessions. Through all of this preparation, don’t forget that the safest place to be is exactly where the Lord wants us.


Image Inventory of Assets/Supplies

An image catalogue of supplies and assets is valuable for three reasons: as an  inventory of what you have and where it is located to quickly find in and emergency. It also can serve as proof of ownership.

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Tahoe Car Supplies

Above is an old picture of what was in my SUV. These images will be stored on your phone/computer, but a backup print in your binder is a must. A list with additional facts such as model numbers, cost, warranties, and other important information will be printed on the back of the pictures.



Maps should be laminated to insure that they are not damaged. On the back side print written directions plus full contact and other relevant information. This is an example of maps (multiple routes) to the kids’ school. Picking up the kids may be the first action necessary in an emergency.


DIRECTIONS to Weaver Elementary (Quickest route)



DIRECTIONS to Weaver Elementary (Staying off 78)


This is an example of maps (multiple routes) to a neighborhood spot while walking.

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Topo Map



This is an example of a map (multiple routes) to an out-of-town spot. This would be necessary if circumstances in or around your city called for a medium-term meet-up or relocation.


DIRECTIONS to Jim’s House on HWY 30



DIRECTIONS to Jim’s House on 276


This is an example of contact info plus a text version of directions to be printed on the back of the maps. This would be key when needing to communicate directions to others over phone or radio.


Nowi & Soona Preperatori
1407 N 1st street
Garland, Texas  75555
Nowi M: 717-555-2030
Soona M: 717-555-1260
Faith (7)
John (12)
Hope (15)
German Shepherd: Rover
HAM Frequency: 145.265
Has cabin in Wonderland with
good stocks and fuel
Desert Storm Vet
Knows Colonel Couper
Knows ex-DHS Mr. Hainey
Nowi is good hunter/tracker
Good Game Jerky 
Soona knows canning:
Next-door Neighbors:
Sally & Sammy Kindler


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All maps and text are fictitious as to not incriminate, discriminate, or infuriate.