The Go-Book: Food Storage Inventory

The Go-Book: Food Storage Inventory

foodstorageSecond last chapter to our Go-Book. Finally coming to an end. Then again I did take a year hiatus. Food storage is more for while you’re still at home and for insurance claims. You wont have much need for your inventory when you’re bugging out, but if you have a flood or house fire, insurance usually wants proof of what you had before paying out on insurance claims. On this list you will want to include how many of each item you have. This list is also good for cycling through your inventory. Ideally you want to have 6 months to a year of food storage. At least that’s a good start.

Food storage is an interesting term because I believe it refers to much more than just food. Not only should we get a stash of our favorite eats but we should collect water, personal hygiene, and fuel where possible.

Where to start

A good place to start is to get 2 weeks of water per person. 4 litres per day per person should be good. 2 should be used for drinking and the other 2 for hygiene and cooking. Water can be kept in plastic containers but should be used up (rotated) within 6 months. We don’t want the plastic bottles to break down into the water. 2 litre pop bottles work best for smaller containers Best for bulk storage is the HDPE barrels. I prefer smaller containers. Easier to transport when needed. Milk jugs degrade to fast and glass containers can break. Everything in your food storage should be rotated regularly. When ever you store water it is a good idea to also have purification tablets.

What food items should I include?

My biggest recommendation is to store food you actually eat. No point storing food you don’t like in the best of time. There is no way you’re going to want to eat it in the worst of times. Either way,here are some actual items: grains, legumes, cooking oil, powdered milk, salt, sugar or honey are great because they can last a very long time. Food should be stored in rodent proof containers. We definitely are not collecting a food storage to feed the rats. Meals should be easy to make. In emergency situations you may not have access to all your kitchen amenities. Buying in bulk can be cheaper. Or ideally, grow your own produce. Then can it and preserve it.

Food storage is not just for when the SHTF though. It is also for when you’re sick and cant make it to the grocery store. Maybe someone is unemployed for the time being. Food storage is meant as a cushion to be used in anything you deem an emergency. That could be you’re sick and cant make it to the store, unemployment, snowed in for a day, power outage, or a natural disaster. Technically we should always be using the food from the food storage anyways. We always want to be rotating the food through. Same goes for water, fuel, and clothes.

You should have a list for food, water, fuel and personal hygiene. You should know what you have and how long you’ve had it. This will make it much easier to know when and what to rotate.

If nothing else this page will act as a good reminder that you need to have a food storage. Every time you flip through your Go-Book you will see this food storage inventory page empty, staring back at you.

It is also a great way to save money. Being in control of your groceries and spending will help save money in the long run. It will keep you conscious of your spending habits and allow you to see any bad spending habits.

This isn’t just for preppers and doomsdayers. This is for anyone who wants a cushion just in case.

The Go-Book: 72 Hour Kit List

The Go-Book: 72 Hour Kit List

72HourKitEveryone needs a 72 hour kit. This is just as important as the Go-Book. This is where we have the clothing, food, water, and other survival gear needed to survive for the next 3 days. This is not meant as a last resort bag, it is meant as a transition bag. Hopefully, in the case of needing to evacuate, we all have a place to go with much more food, shelter, clothing and the like. The 72 hour kit is there to last 3 days, that’s it. The three days in between where you were and where you are going. If the apocalypse happens and there is no more safe havens, then we have a different story, but for the most part, we aren’t running to the woods to live out our days, we are running to grandmas house until the chaos calms down, or the fire gets put out, or flood stopped. Once there, the supplies at grandmas house (or where ever you are) will (should) do for the remainder of the time away from home.

So what do I put into my 72 hour kit?

That is up to you. There are a plethora of things that can go into the bag. You do however, need to make sure you cover the basics; food, water, clothing, shelter, heat. This really depends on the size of bag you get. I am not going to give you a comprehensive list of what to put in your bag, but I will go over what we did for our family of 5.

We decided to have 4 72 hour kits. 1 for each parent, then 1 each for our two older children. Since out youngest is still under 1, his items will be in the parents bags.

Mom and dad both have a Tasmanian Tiger bag. It is medium sized military bag. Personally I think we over did it a bit. It doesn’t really help with trying to be the grey man. We stand out a bit with our bigger military looking bags. But, they serve us very well.

Inside each back we have ziplocked categories; fire starters, hygiene, first aid, etc. This keeps everything together and partially waterproof. The bag folds open almost in half. This was one of the biggest reasons we picked this bag. We wanted one that was easy to rifle through. I am not a big fan of those big 1 pocket bags. Too much digging through and not enough finding what I actually want.

Each child has their own little school backpack. This is nothing special, as they are small and need to be able to carry something lite. Inside their bags we let them carry some hygienic products as well as their choice of stuffy and blanket. What ever they like and makes them happy is what they can put in their bags.

That brings me nicely to the next point. DO NOT forget to bring whatever calms your children. If you are in a high stress environment and they are having a panic attack they need something that helps them stay calm. Last thing we want is everyone having panic attacks and no one thinking clearly. That goes for you as well. If there is something you need that helps calm your nerves then put it in your bag, unless it’s your spouse. Don’t put them in your bag, that’s just creepy.

We are in the works of getting another 72 hour kit done. This one will be for our vehicle. I recommend 1 per vehicle as well. This would include more general thing for everyone. Nothing is worse than having a vehicle break down in the cold. Can’t turn it on to get heat, now what? It will be nice to have a bag in the back that has some sweaters, blankets, coloring books or playing cards, and some food and water. Makes waiting for the tow truck much easier.

 

The Go-Book: Personal Identification

The Go-Book: Personal Identification

passport-36963_1280I apologize for the lack of posting. With everything in the news about ISIS and the refugees and France I have gained a new motivation to get these posts up here. We need to get this stuff done. We are sheltered in here Canada, though I feel not for long. We will be running into similar situations as in France. We need to be prepared!

So, with this on our minds lets finish this Go-Book.

Personal Identification.

This topic is one of the main reasons you want to keep your Go-Book grey or hidden. It will contain all of your personal information. But having this information with you when disaster strikes will be vital.

In this section of your Go-Book you will not only write down the following information but should also include hard copies:

Name. Include your full name.

Relationship. Either pick a head of house hold and specify your relationship to them, or you can simply specify “parent” and “child”.

SIN/Social Security. This is often used as another form of ID. If someone (police, doctor, bank, etc) need to verify who you are, this number is often requested.

Health Insurance. In disasters or other emergencies this will be vital. Having to go to a different clinic because you are not able to get to your regular clinic can be frustrating if you cant show your health insurance card.

Drivers License. A vital form of ID. Doesn’t count as your real drivers license so make sure you still have the real license on you. But the copy does work as ID.

Passport id page. Again, another vital piece of ID. The copy wont get you across the border but it will at least be another photo ID of yourself or family member.

You will also want to include your physical passport, family photos, and some cash. The cash total is up to you, but it should be kept in small denominations. Getting change may not be possible, so buying a $2.00 bottle of water with a $20 would suck. Keep some fives and tens on you instead of higher bills. Some change would also be a good idea but again it’s up to you. We decided not to because if becomes heavy and bulky quite quickly.

The Go-Book: Estate Planning

The Go-Book: Estate Planning

RIPThis section could be titled your “I’m not old enough for this info” page. I know for my self, I don’t feel old enough to worry about half of this stuff, if not all of it. However, this does need to get done because we really never know when our time will come. Also, if you are at the age that I am, and are starting your young family, then these things should be important to you. This may be a bit dry and boring, but we are adults now and these things should get done.

Here’s what to include:

Wills. This is an important one, especially if you now have kids. You want to make sure you get this done because if you do, you can decide where your kids go in the case that you and your spouse die, or become a vegetable. If you don’t write up a will, your family will have to fight over who gets custody of the kids. You will want to include the name of executor in this section as well, so those you leave behind will know who is in charge of your will.

The nice thing about wills is you can write what is called a “ghost will”. This is basically a will written on a napkin. As long as you write it in your pen and sign it, it stands in court.

Power of Attorney. If you become a vegetable, you will want to have someone you trust make the decisions for your finances and other important details. As far as I know, as long as you’re married your spouse will be your power of attorney. Although I think that is only if his/her name is also on the account. I personally feel that it is important to have both names on every account you have. It will make these things so much easier for the spouse that survives. Nothing could be more frustrating then having your spouse die AND not be able to access any of ‘your’ finances simply because your name wasn’t on the accounts.

Personal Directives. According to Alberta human services, “Personal directives are legal documents which allow you to name a decision maker and/or provide written instructions to be followed when, due to illness or injury, you no longer have the capacity to make decisions such as where you will live or the medical treatment you will receive.” This goes along with wills and power of attorneys. This is instructions on where you want your finances spent, who is in charge of what, and when things are to be done.

Cemetery Lot. This is a weird one to think about even at my ripe old age of 30. However, if I was killed in a car accident tomorrow, does my wife know where I want to be buried and how? Does she know if I want to be cremated or not? These are all things we need to discuss now that we have families. Again, still weird to think about at this young age.

Funeral Instructions. Who gives your eulogy? I told my wife I want bag pipes played at mine because I think they sound amazing. Who are the pallbearers?

This will be the one section you just want to get out of the way. It is important to get these details right, and then you should never have to worry about them again.

The Go-Book: Financial Information

The Go-Book: Financial Information

FinancialInformationThis section is an important one. This doesn’t just include how much you have in your savings account but everything pertaining to your finances. Again, having all this information written down will save your life. If we can’t get on a computer, or phone lines are down, it will be very convenient to have all this info written in one place.

I don’t think I can hammer this point enough. This is not only your Go-Book, but your Go-To-Book. Having all the information in one place will be very helpful when dealing with your finances.

One point I do want to make as well is since this book has all your information in it, some of which is very private, you will want to hide this book somewhere or camouflage. Especially when you are done with this section.

Here’s what to include in your financial information section:

Bank Accounts

Include Financial institution and type of account. Is it a savings our chequing account? How to contact the financial institution and any log-ins for online banking. Yes, write down both username and password, or at least a clue to the password.

Credit Cards. Include Financial institution, their contact info, type of credit card , name on the card and the card number. You may also want to write down the expiry and the security code. I have three ideas for keeping that secure. One is make your Go-Book a ‘grey book’. That means it is blended in with the rest of your books. Don’t title it “This is all my important information book”. Maybe title it something like “Computer Programing for beginners”, or ” Financial Know-How.” That way when someone comes into your home, they wont see your “emergency book” and take it so they can take your identity.

The second idea is to write down your credit card info in a way that only you know how to read it. Put the expiry and the security code in the middle of another made up number. You could pretend you have two of what ever cards you have. So if you have one visa pretend you have two. One visa number is the regular number and the second one is your  secret expiry / security code number. eg. regular visa: 4520 0879 9890 9989. Secret number 4520 0216 4346 7876. All visas start with 4520, so it would be good to start your secret one the same. Then just remember that the next 7 numbers are your secret numbers. 0216 is the expiry, and 434 is the security code. Just an idea.

Another idea is to hide your book. Just don’t forget where you hid it.

investments/RRSP etc

Include type of investment, where the investment is held, the account number, and the approximate value. Often these are questions your bank or financial institution will ask you to verify it is really you they are talking to. You will also want to write whose names are on the investment.

Credit Reports

Include the paper copy of your credit reports.

Loans/Debts

Include Institution from which you received the loan, their contact info, Loan number, who holds the loan, and the approximate balance. The balance would best be written in pencil so it can be updated. This section is where you would write your mortgage information.

Tax Returns

Include a copy of your current tax return

Key to safety deposit box

Include the key, or a description of where the key is. Again, try to protect it as well. If it is at your moms house, then try to say that with out saying “at moms house”. Maybe say “Shes a first class lady.”

Next week we will be going over the estate planning that should be included. This is the section of important things that no one really wants to do. The not exciting stuff.

The Go-Book: Insurance Information

The Go-Book: Insurance Information

home-insuranceThis weeks post could be one of the more important ones. Having all of your insurance information in one spot will save you immense pain and time trying to get that information. Insurance info is one of those things I do not have memorized. Half the time I don’t even know what insurance we have or what it covers. It would be great to have all that info in one spot.

So, here is what should be included in this spot. And yes, it is more than just insurance policies.

Copies of your life insurance. Having proof of it is always good. Also, with this information written down you will have access to your policy numbers as well as who to contact and how and when to best contact them.

Copies of home, auto, etc insurance. This would include renters insurance, boat insurance, any policies you might have for quads or dirt bikes, motorbikes, and the like. If you get into and accident, or if your boat sinks, you will definitely want to have that information readily available. If you rent instead of own, you should definitely have contents insurance. If your residence burns down, you don’t want to lose everything you have. Not owning the home would mean your landlord gets to cash in on his policy and you get nothing. With contents insurance, you can at least get money to replace your stuff which just happens to be everything you own.

Jewelry appraisals. If you have a lot of jewelry in the home, you will want to get them appraised so you have an idea of how much they are worth. If you get broken into and they get stolen, depending on what insurance you have, they will cover the cost of the jewelry. I know that wont replace any that had sentimental value but at least you get something for it. Better to replace it with the insurers money than your own.

Another good idea is to take an inventory list of items in your home. This would include televisions, computers, art, books, beds, things with sentimental value, anything of high value, and anything you would want replaced if destroyed or stolen.

You will want to write down:

Description of item. Describe what it looks like as best you can. If there are any scratches or dents that will help make it easier to identify, include them.

Make/model and version of products

Serial number. This is specifically in case items get stolen. This is why you will want to list those two 75″ TVs separately. Having the serial number written down can prove that that specific TV is yours.

Purchase date. You will want to keep receipts and attach them to this sheet. Having proof of purchase will save you time and the headache of trying to prove you had that 75″ TV.

Price you paid. Again, keeping the receipts handy will help. Often the receipts will have the price as well as the serial numbers for your items. Depending on your policy, your insurance may cover 100% of purchased price. This will be good when the value of the TV goes down, but your policy pays your out at your purchase price.

One last thing I think deserves a mention in this area is receipts for any major repairs. This includes repairs to the home, car, or items in the house like computers and laundry machines etc.

The idea behind this Go-Book isn’t only for the zombie apocalypse, but also for small things like making a claim about your missing computer, or adding your new born to your life insurance policy.

In your Go-Book, it is a good idea to staple a copy of each of your policies on the back of the page that has the details written down. This is the book you want to put everything into. It will not only be the Go-Book, but the Go-To-Book. The book you go to for all your important information.

Next week we will be going over your finances and what should be included. I keep saying on each topic that it is the most important one. I have to laugh because I’m basically saying the whole book is the most important thing. We love our money, and when we’ve worked as hard as we have to get it we don’t want to let it get away because we simply didn’t write its information down.

The Go-Book: Medical Information

The Go-Book: Medical Information

aesculapian-307609_640This week we are going to be putting in our medical information. Not only will this be extremely helpful in an emergency situation, but it will also be helpful to just have this information written down. Having one location for the phone numbers of your doctors, pharmacists, dentists and the like will make it quite handy when you simply need to give them a call.

We’ve included a few other things under the medical information. If the company you work for gives you benefits, this would be a great spot to write that information down. I had to look it up this week because I wasn’t sure exactly what my benefits covered. You might be surprised at what is covered, like massage therapy.

Here is what we included on our medical information sheet:

Medical Professional. You want to put their name, the description of what they do (family doctor, obstetrician, dentist, etc), and their phone number. Under their description, you could put the name of the clinic, or the address.

Health Insurance. For each family member, put their provincial or state (if you have it) health card number. You will also want to include any benefits you and your spouse get from the companies you work for. That should include the name of the company your benefits are through and the policy number. It’s nice to have all this info when you lose your wallet, which had all your health insurance cards in it. You will still be able to let your health professionals know the policy number. That way you can still receive help while you wait for your replacement cards to arrive in the mail.

Prescriptions. Here you want to list each family member, their prescription, and the pharmacy you get it from. The pharmacists name and number should be located under the first section of this chapter, Medical Professional, but this could also be a great place to put their contact information so all your prescription information is in one spot.

Other Medical Information. This could be a spot to include things like any illnesses in your family history. Most health professionals ask if you have any of the major diseases in your family history. You would want to include the family members name and what they had or have. It will save you time and effort to have it already written down so when you go to a new doctor or have to let anyone know, you can give them all that information. This could also be a good spot to list allergies you or your family member have. In fact, I would make sure you include allergies in this section. This is a great section for babysitters or care givers to look to find out what foods or medicines to avoid when dealing with your family members. The last idea I have for this section is blood type. If you know it, you should include you and your family members blood type in this section.

I would love to hear what other Medical Information you think should be included in this section. Please comment and let me know what your ideas are!

The Go-Book: Emergency Contacts

The Go-Book: Emergency Contacts

GhostBustersI am sure for most of you, your emergency contacts list usually consists of your spouse, and not much more. Or if you’re not married, then one of your parents. Since we are doing this emergency contact list for our go-books, we will want to make a larger list of emergency contacts.

I know I have said this before but we always need a backup plan, and your backup plan needs a back up plan. The same is for your emergency contacts. It’s good to have your one emergency contact. That is better than nothing, but what do you do if you can’t get a hold of that one person. What do you do next?

I remember back in the day, before cell phones, we would memorize each others phone numbers. It was big deal to remember that cute girls number, because then she knew you really did like her. Now-a-days though, who memorizes numbers anymore? Not me. I just store it in my phone. This poses a large problem.

Your phone dies. Who do you call? (Not the ghost busters…I guess you might, depends on the emergency I suppose) You call your main emergency contact right? So, can you say what their number is right now without looking at your phone? Great job if you can! Not shocked if you can’t.

So now that your phone is dead and it turns out you haven’t memorized your main persons number (chances are this will be your spouse and is the only other number you would have memorized), how do you call them to let them know of the emergency?

This is why writing them down in your go go-book is such a good idea. Your phone is not the only phone in the world, so as long as you can borrow one or find a land line you will be able to call anyone on your list.

Who to include

Here is who I suggest be included on your list of emergency contacts:

1. Family

2. Friends

3. Church leaders,

4. Parents of your children’s friends.

5. Gas

6. Electric

7. Poison Control

8. Police

9. Hospital

What to include on your list

Here is what I suggest be included on your list of emergency contacts:

1. Are they a key holder to your home? Y/N

2. Do they have a 2-way radio? Y/N If yes, what channel will they be communicating on?

3. Name

4. Main phone number

5. Other phone number

6. Address

That’s it. Not much. But you want to do this for as many people you can think of. The more you have on your list, the more ‘backup plans’ you have.

 

The Go-Book: Evacuation Plan

The Go-Book: Evacuation Plan

evacPlanHow many of you have this as you’re evacuation plan? Grab iPhone, Get the hell out of there.

Not a very good plan. I really hope you’re dressed when you have to use this plan.

This post will cover the first section of your Go-Books, which is your “Evacuation Plan.” This will cover two things.

1. Your escape route,

2. Your 3 meeting places.

As my wife and I sat down this week and talked about our evacuation plan, we decided on a couple things. We wanted to draw out our floor plan and mark out our escape route depending on where we are in the house, and then create a checklist of things we want to grab when we evacuate.

Having an escape plan for your house is very important. DO NOT SKIP THIS STEP. You think you’re okay without it because you know your house and where your doors are, but wait until you’re in a real emergency. You’re in your office on the top floor of your house and there is a fire outside the door. Looks like the only way out is your window. Have you prepared for that? Do you have an escape plan? Is it simply to try to break your window and then jump? Or did you take the time to prepare. Now you have a window ladder set up so you don’t need to jump*.

After we drew out our floor plan, we talked about a checklist we would have when told to evacuate. It turned out to be a bit more complicated than we thought.

First off and most importantly, how much time do you have to evacuate? Does the military knock on your door and say “you have 5 minutes to get your things and get in the bus.” What do you grab then? Most likely it will be about 10-15 minutes, not 5. So we came up with a check list that is actually separated into three sections:

5 Min

10 Min

15 Min

That way we know what to grab depending on how much time we have. In the 5 min time limit you want to put the most important. Here is what we put:

5 Min

Gabby: Set timer on stove, Get kids into coats/shoes/outerwear then into van, grab purse

David: Grab go bags, go-book, and shut off water and power.

That’s it. 5 min isn’t much time. When we are done getting these go-books filled out, we will have everything information wise in our go-books. This includes passports, birth certs., SIN, etc. In your go bags you should have a pair of extra clothes including diapers for infants as well as phone chargers and maybe an extra key to your vehicles. I will actually do a whole post on our go bags and let you know what we put in ours.

So what if you have more time? Say 10 Min. What extra things should you grab? Here is what we put into our 10 min section:

10 Min

Gabby: Grab extra clothes for kids, blankets, and favorite stuffies.

David: Grab water supply and food storage (what you can carry) in a laundry basket.

Once you hit the 5-10 min mark, you are grabbing comfort things. Things that are not necessary but will make your time away from home a bit more comfortable.

Gabby and I actually did a test run for our evacuation notice. We didn’t tell the kids ahead of time either. We did however tell them when we started that we are practicing and wanted to see how fast they could get into their boots and coats and into the van. We gave our self 15 mins. This is what we found:

15 min is a long time. I want to add something here though. 15 min is a long time if you’re prepared. We had our go bags packed. They of course were sitting where they are being stored, in our basement storage room, but they were there ready. We got our kids in the van, got the go bags, go-book, water supply, food storage, cells and chargers, laptop and charger, kids favorite blankets and stuffies, shut off power and water, grabbed 2 sleeping bags, 1 tent, Gabby’s purse, and our new camera. You may look at that list and think, ‘man there is a lot of comfort/unnecessary things on there’. Yeah, there is. And the amazing thing was we were done and in the van in 8 minutes. We still had 7 minutes left. That is amazing. We thought, ‘man, what else could we bring?’

Again I want to point out that we were prepared. It would be a different story if we were in the middle making dinner or already asleep. I am curious to see how long it would have taken us if our go bags were not packed. That means we would have to get luggage out of storage and fill each one with, hopefully, enough of the right clothes. When you’re rushed you might grab all your socks but no underwear. Not cool. Imagine if we only had 5 Min and no go bags. Basically have to walk away from everything.

If you are prepared, you will be able to grab way more things. You can’t live without new socks everyday? Then get prepared! You wont have to worry about stinky day old socks because you have some fresh pairs in your go bags already packed. Plus, if there is more than 5 min, you could grab more.

Onto the 3 locations.

When there is an evacuation notice, you need to have a location you can meet family and friends at. So why 3? What happens if location 1 is flooded out? Do you know where to go next? Do not expect evacuations to happen when it is convenient for you. It will probably happen when one spouse is at home and another is not. It is smart to have 3 locations, set in a certain order, that both spouses know about. That way if I am at work, and Gabby gets evacuated, and phone lines are down (or cell towers, or your cell is dead) I know where to head first. If that location is inaccessible for what ever reason, I know where to check next. Here is what we recommend for your 3 locations:

1 Community(church, school)

2 Family(moms, grandmas)

3. Out of city(family or church in a nearby city)

Always have a back up plan. Always.

It was fun doing the trial run. I encourage all of you that when you get your evacuation plan mapped out, give it a test run. See how you do. You will find out what you missed putting on your list, and what you can change to make it faster and better. It will open your eyes to how unprepared you really are.

Here’s the plan for next weeks post:

Emergency Contacts

What you will need:

1. Pen,

2. Paper,

3. Cell phone full of contacts,

4. Utility Bills,

5. More wrist exercises.

We will be going into what and who to put into your emergency contact section. This may require you to make some phone calls to your family and friends to get some more information from them that we will include in this section.

 

* According to the Calgary Fire Marshall, you don’t want to use a window ladder. What they recommend is actually throwing a mattress out the window and jumping onto that. We found that out when my wife opened a day home here at the house and they told us that’s what we do with the kids. Throw a mattress out the window and then throw the kids wrapped in a blanket, so their arms and legs don’t flail…ummm. Okay. We will see how that goes when the time comes. I believe they said it is because windows ladders can burn. If the fire is on the bottom floor and then you throw a rope ladder out the window it could catch on the bottom and burn up. So there you go. Have a spare mattress in each room so you can throw your kids and your self onto it in case of a fire.

The Go-Book

The Go-Book

Not sure where to start with your preparedness plan? Don’t have the cash to drop on your 72 hour kits/go bags and supplies that go with them? Don’t worry, I know a great place to start your preparedness plan: Your Go-Book. Your Go-Book is a binder or folder that contains all your information. If you’re told to evacuate, you grab this book along with your 72 hour kits and the rest of your family and you leave. If your house burns down, or is taken away in a flood, all information about you could be burned or damaged. The idea behind the Go-Book is to have all information about your life in one spot. Anything and everything you or anyone else would need to know should be in this book. By the time you’re done filling in this book, it may weigh more than your first born. This project will not be completed in one sitting, but it is still a great place to start.

Because there is so much information that goes into your go-book, my advice is to set up a schedule, maybe once a week, where you take time to fill in one or more requirements. So let’s get into it.  Here’s 10 things you should have in your Go-Book:

1. Evacuation Plan

2. Emergency Contacts

3. Medical Information

4. Insurance Information

5. Financial Information

6. Estate Planning

7. Personal Identification

8. 72 Hour Emergency Kit Planning

9. Food Storage Inventory/Planning

10. Other

For the next 10 weeks I am going to hit on one of these 10 things and break it down for you. I will show you what we have been doing in our Go-Book to help give you ideas of what it should look like. We have barely started ours so this will be a great way for us to all work on it at the same time and get it done in just 10 weeks!

One idea I wanted to mention in here was sending your actual documents to someone else’s house. That way they are safe either way (unless that persons house burns down…but let’s not go there). Just keep copies in your home. If you need the actual document (passport for example), then just arrange to pick it up before your trip. Of course you will want to keep track of who has your actual documents. Last thing you want to do right before a trip is forget who has your passports.

Here’s what you should do before next week:

1. Get a binder. Any binder will do.

2. Get paper. Grid is preferred. We will be talking about Evacuation plans next week so be prepared to draw your floor plan. You can actually print off Go-Book templates. They aren’t necessary but it could help. We will be building a template as we go that we will have available at the end for anyone who wants it.

3. Get a pen. Sorry, no pencils. And no funny colored pens, stick to blue or black (really it doesn’t matter, just a pet peeve of mine).

4. Do wrist stretches. This will be a lot of writing so get those writing wrists ready!

There’s your list of things to do before next week. I may be giving out homework after each post for the next 10 weeks. Sorry but it will help out with getting your Go-Book done and getting you one step closer to being a preparedness all-star!