Don’t Let this Happen to You

One of the many reasons it’s important to have your vital documents with you. 


Vital Documents

Here is a list of vital documents you need to have together, in a safe place, ready to go with you in case of an evacuation:

Identification and Family Contacts

  • Birth certificates
  • Social security cards
  • Copies of driver’s license/ID cards
  • Marriage Certificate
  • Citizenship Papers
  • Passports or Visas
  • List of immediate/extended family addresses and phone numbers

Health Records

  • Medical directive for first responders
  • Shot records for entire family (including pets)
  • Medical and Dental Records
  • Copies of all prescriptions
  • Health Insurance policy

Financial and Legal documents

  • Bank account and safe deposit box information
  • Monthly bill information and addressees
  • Paycheck information
  • Copies of installment contracts (car loan, furniture, etc.)
  • Copies of credit cards (front and back)
  • Wills
  • Powers of Attorney
  • State and Federal Tax records
  • Court orders
  • Adoption papers
  • Real estate documents
  • Titles, deeds, etc.
  • Pet records

Gather everything you have, and keep it organized in a binder or file folders. Keep it all in a safe box. Medium-sized waterproof/fireproof lock boxes run around $50, but there are other options, more and less expensive.

Over the week we will provide information on how to obtain some of these records if you don’t already have them.

8 Weeks of Emergency Preparedness

UNT%20Apogee%20TornadoSpringtime in North Texas is a beautiful time, but a beautiful day can quickly turn dark and whip up a devastating whirlwind. Having grown up in Texas, I know the basic tornado drill–get in a closet and cover yourself with a blanket and pillow. But since I lived outside of Texas for most of my adult life, I hadn’t really practiced the drill without being under the care of my parents. So when the tornado sirens went off this year, all I knew was to get in the closet and cover up. As I sat with the cats in the closet under the stairs, helplessly awaiting certain destruction, my sweet husband was gathering keys, phones, chargers, water bottles—you know, the frivolous stuff we would never need.

The tornado never hit, fortunately, but the need to be more prepared in the future hit me like a load of bricks. To fix this problem, we decided to devote our weekly Family Home Evenings to emergency preparedness. And to make it more fun and collaborative, we teamed up with another couple. And to make it even more fun and collaborative, we are blogging about it!

Here is the general plan for the first 8 weeks:

Week 1: Vital Documents 
Gather all personal, identifying, and legal documents.

Week 2: Evacuation Plans
Make a plans for house, neighborhood, city evacuation, etc.

Week 3: First-aid Kits
Update/create first-aid kits. Learn how to use them!

Week 4: 72-hour Kits
Update/create 72-hour kits.

Week 5: Car Kits
Update/create emergency kit to keep in the car.

Week 6: Spiritual Preparedness

Week 7: Declutter
Make room for what’s important.

Week 8: Pet Prep
Consider your furry (scaly, feathery) family members.


As we go along, we will provide more detailed information. Other topics we hope to cover in the future: food storage, water storage, cooking with no power, survival, physical fitness, etc.

Feel free to follow along and share your own emergency preparedness solutions!