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Although I’ve never been a Boy Scout, I love their motto. Be prepared.
You really can’t go wrong with this approach in life. We all know that things happen unexpectedly. We find joy in the events that are serendipitous. That penny that we find on the sidewalk? I love those kinds of unexpected finds.
How about the events that we consider unlucky? Even tragic? A common emotion we feel after the fact are feelings of regret. We go over the event in our heads from every angle, wondering if we could have done anything differently to change the outcome. Of course, what’s done is done. All we can do is move forward.
Now that I’ve lived a fair number of years on this earth, I’ve seen examples of how life can change in an instant. Life is not fair, and life is not predictable. The best we can do is to be grateful for each day we have while looking forward to and planning for the future.
An example that really stood out to me was reading this story from the blogger Chief Mom Officer. When she wasn’t sure if her husband was going to survive septic shock, she became acutely aware of the importance of being prepared in emergency situations (he’s alive and well, thank goodness!).
That’s why when I saw the In Case of Emergency (ICE) Binder, I knew that I had to have it ASAP.
I am in a constant state of organizing all areas of my life, and this was a perfect way to gather our important household information in one place, just in case.
In our house, I’m the one responsible for just about everything related to the household, finances, and the children. I know that if something were to happen to me, it would be very difficult for my husband and loved ones to find all the important documents and day-to-day information that I have been safeguarding all this time. This is not the type of legacy I want to leave for my family.
What’s in the ICE Binder?
This binder comes in the form of printable PDF worksheets with multiple sections that include:
- Basic household Information
- Medical Information
- Financial Information
- Pet Information
- Insurance information
- Where to find documents
- Burial/Memorial preferences
- Personal notes to family members
- And much more!!
As you can see, the purpose of this binder is to make it easier for a caretaker to have all of this information in one place. This way, they can use their time most efficiently to take care of your children, pets, and other obligations.
Let’s face it….do ANY of us have this information at our fingertips? Most likely, this information is scattered every which way in paper form and/or digital form.
As very clearly stated in the document, this does NOT replace your legal will and trust documents. This is meant to be a companion piece to legal documents, filled with practical information needed to run the household.
How does it work?
This is a downloadable PDF that you can either
- print out and keep in a binder
- save to a thumb drive or
- do both
Once it’s purchased, you will be sent a link where you can download the entire 90+ page document. You can pick and choose which sections to fill out as it pertains to your personal situation.
What to expect
This is a binder that will take some time to fill out. Adulting requires a lot of responsibility, and filling this out will remind you of this fact. This is precisely the reason for this binder; if you’re not there to be responsible, who will?
Of course, our lives are dynamic and information changes all the time. It is recommended to update the binder at least annually in order to have the most up-to-date information.
Could you gather all of this information on your own and make your own binder? Sure!
Do you WANT to make your own binder? If you’re anything like me, you’re really busy. Having something that’s ready-to-go is crucial to saving you time. It also vastly increases the chances that you’ll actually get it done.
This is being offered at a great price for $39. I think that’s a small price to pay for convenience and added value. If this sounds like a binder that you’d like to keep in your family, go ahead and get more details by clicking below.