Scrolling through the social media feeds one day, I saw that my friend Vicki of Making Smarter Decisions and Women Who Money fame was going to be on a Facebook Live session with Chelsea from Mama Fish Saves.
The subject of this conversation? Handling emergencies.
While we have not yet had many of our own emergencies to deal with, we have had to sort out life after the death of loved ones. I was intrigued by the subject and I wanted to support my friend, so I hopped on line.
Chelsea and Vicki shared so many practical examples of the usefulness of having quick access to emergency info that I was sold on the need to sweep all of our stuff into one place. Check out the video for yourself here…
Participating in the Facebook Live session landed me a free copy of the ICE binder from Mama Fish Saves. Woot!
I wasn’t asked to write a review in exchange for winning — I just wanted to return the favor. (I’m not an affiliate, either. Just helping spread the word for those new to this idea.)
Garrett and I have taken some steps to shore up our estate and our final wishes should something happen to either of us. We have had wills prepared, advanced directives, and healthcare powers of attorney. We have even notified our family members of the location of these documents should something happen to both of us.
We’re young-ish and we don’t have kids, so why bother?
My dad passed away three years ago last month without a will or any of the other documentation to indicate his wishes. Days of searching yielding nothing other than a pile of bills.
Upon return from his funeral, we made an appointment with an attorney to make our wishes clear.
However, there would still be a lot of unanswered questions even with these documents. And, what happens if we’re both in a car accident in another country and we can’t speak to tell someone how to get in touch with our family or how to locate our attorney/the executor of our estate? Given our extensive travel plans, this is a real possibility.
Enter the In Case of Emergency binder. This document sits on top of the pile of all the other important documents, like birth certificate, passports, tax returns, and wills. I like to think of this document as the overview of our lives.
If you’ve swept all of this information into a pile already that’s easy for your loved ones to locate, kudos to you.
If you haven’t put all this information in one place, consider doing it and soon.
Trying to piece together my dad’s life from random conversations over the years and the papers strewn all over his living room wasn’t fun since he had just passed away and the clock was ticking when it came to making important decisions. Just imagine what it would be for someone you love to suddenly pass away and then you have to rifle through a life’s worth of memories and documents to find a will that may or may not exist.
The ICE binder isn’t just for death. Nope. That’s just the worst case scenario I could think of from my own life. What about accidents? Or hospitalizations?
Garrett is allergic to the dye that hospitals use for scans. What happens if we’re in an accident and no one knows about his allergy? That information is noted in the ICE binder.
If you have implants, allergies, medical conditions, or medical devices, then you might have your documentation already in place.
If you don’t, do yourself and your family a favor and consider the ICE binder. The peace of mind is worth it. Just remember to tell someone about its existence so they can easily locate it.
Also, have the tough conversation with those you love. Ask them about their documentation, including where it is and the highlights so you’re prepared (as much as you can be) for a phone call you’d never expect.