Getting Your Papers in Order is an Important Part of Preparedness

It’s true. It’s overlooked by many of us. Or we just plain procrastinate. But getting your papers in order is an important part of preparedness. We take for granted things like financial and medical records, partly because we figure we’ll always be able to get to them.

With that in mind, this week’s DestinySurvival Radio is a reairing of my conversation with Joyce Moseley Pierce from a few months back. Joyce is the author of a 32 page book called All They’ll Need to Know, designed to help you document essential information.

Why is this so important? Consider a few scenarios.

  • You or a loved one dies of cancer, illness or age.
  • A loved one is killed by a drunk driver.
  • A natural disaster destroys your home.

 

All They’ll Need to Know is a modestly priced workbook available in two electronic formats–PDF and Word. Print out the PDF and fill in the pages, or use the Word file to write out info on your computer.

Print out the pages and put them in a three ring notebook. Cover the pages with page protectors. Make extra pages if you need them. Include copies of documents you value, including your will.

Update information at least once a year. Tax season is a good time, since you’re shuffling financial records anyway. Or update more often if circumstances dictate.

Also, why not scan your documents and put a completed copy of All They’ll Need to Know on a flash drive to have in a bug out bag?

Joyce recommends putting your completed workbook in a fireproof box. Make sure others you consider to be truly trustworthy know where your notebook is. Practice security, since you’ll be including a great deal of personal information you don’t want to get into the wrong hands.

To hear my conversation with Joyce Moseley Pierce, listen to DestinySurvival Radio for September 11, 2014. (Right click to download.) Order her book here. You can also view my previous post about our conversation here.

Have you put your papers in order yet? What advice would you have for others concerning preserving vital imformation? Feel free to leave a comment below and share your thoughts to help other readers.

 

Author: John Wesley Smith

John Wesley Smith writes and podcasts from his home in Central Missouri. His goal is to help preppers as he continues along his own preparedness journey.