Binders for the family have been important since the beginning of time. They allow us to record important information for us to use and for us to pass down through generations so information like how to’s, recipes, emergency plans, etc. can be readily accessible at every given moment.
There are many things that should be added to your binders:
- First Aid and CPR– Even if you’ve had a class, under stress you might forget. Having this information at your fingertips could mean the difference between life and death. And, if you are the only one who knows this information, this will also help others who don’t know anything about CPR or First Aid to be able to perform it on someone in distress. The first aid section will help everyone know how to care for a wound or a broken bone.
- Plants – This is very important. Some plants are edible, but others can kill you. If you can find a print out of what each leaf represents you can follow the print out when you bug out or are camping. Many leaves can be used for medicinal teas to help someone who has fallen sick. Knowing which plants to use and which ones to avoid could mean the difference between life and death.
- Emergency Plans – This would most likely cover an array of different things. Knowing what to do in case of a fire and where everyone should meet is imperative. You can also have it written out what to do in case of a home invasion and where each family member should go to find safety. Having a SHTF plan in place can help to leave no one behind in the event you are bugging out.
- Maps – You should have maps of the town you live in and surrounding areas with emergency facilities marked in red, such as police, ambulance, fire, etc. You should also have a map that traces in a yellow highlighter where your bug out place will be. I recommend giving each member a copy of this map in case you get separated. Your family member/group can use the map to find you in the event you get split up.
- Identification Information – I would just add your name, address and birth-date. I’d leave your birth certificate and social security information out of this. If your binder ever went missing the culprit could steal your identity and cause a lot of problems for you. You might want to also include in this information if you’re allergic to any foods or medicines.
- Recipes – All your family’s favorite recipes from dinners to deserts to snacks should be printed out and put in the binder. Even if it’s just a power outage at least you have what your family likes at your disposal and you’ll be able to cook for them. Owning cast iron skillets and a Dutch oven will be helpful. You can either cook on an open fire, wood stove, gas stove or a kerosene heater. If you can food, dehydrate food and/or use a freeze dryer you should include those recipes too.
I think a lot of what we put in our family binders isn’t just for our benefit, but for the benefit of those that come after us. My Nana used an old cookbook to write down everything she wanted her family to know. I have taken it one step further and created a Family Binder System that includes a lot of the information above plus important phone numbers, addresses and an action plan for if we end up bugging in during a SHTF scenario. The binder is kept in a central location and everyone is asked to review it from time to time.
Having a family binder is nice to have for everyday use and it’s awesome to have in the event of an emergency.
Bio: Hi everyone! I’m Becca, owner/operator of Mama Prepper, a blog directed at helping those who are preparing for when SHTF. My entire life I’ve been raised around prepping. My father, an avid hunter didn’t miss a single hunting season. We always has fresh venison or turkey in our freezer. My mother spent hours canning with my Nana stocking up everyone’s shelves with everything from jams to meat. I have followed in their footsteps and can much of the same things my Nana canned. I have lived in Northeastern Pennsylvania with my husband and seven children. We plan to move from here and start our own mini-farm. Our goal is self-sustainability.