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Prepare Magazine's "R.E.D. Book"

Posted: Wed Dec 06, 2017 4:08 pm
by teotwaki
I have a free E-subscription to the magazine and the Sept/Oct issue has an article about the idea for a Real Emergency Directory, or RED Book.

The basic sections are proposed as:

- Contact Information
- Vital Records
- Copies of ID cards
- Recent photos, family group and individual shots
- Meeting Points with Maps & Routes
- Action Plans
- Contingency Check Lists

Next Steps were:
- Duplicate the book and provide to each family member or trusted friend. (I imagine young children might get a more basic, kid-friendly version)
- Review the info every other month and update as needed.

They did not mention thumb drive records which would need secure encryption but could be really handy. They seemed to be focused on non-electronic information in just the physical binder.

Any suggestions for additions?

Re: Prepare Magazine's "R.E.D. Book"

Posted: Wed Dec 06, 2017 10:48 pm
by boskone
I'd be leery of a USB device. They often last a long time, but equally often fail suddenly and for no obvious reason. Or any electronic media, for that matter. I'm a geek by profession and temperament, literally surrounded by tech, but USB fail a lot at work so I wouldn't count on them overmuch in a disaster.

That said--and this may fall under contact info--but I think it'd be worth adding electronic contact methods. Email addresses, common forums, IM accounts. In a disaster electronic communications often become unreliable, and I wouldn't build a plan to include them (during the event itself, that is), but if you get cell signal or whatever you could transmit more info in a fraction of a second via email than via a minute of verbal conversation.

Perhaps a "responder" section? Something for e.g. emergency personnel; a brief of who the carrier is, their medical or biological concerns, and info about their contact person.

Re: Prepare Magazine's "R.E.D. Book"

Posted: Thu Dec 07, 2017 1:07 am
by teotwaki
thanks Boskone! Great feedback!

Re: Prepare Magazine's "R.E.D. Book"

Posted: Thu Dec 07, 2017 5:04 pm
by eugene
This site has similar ... /0006.html

I broke mine down by family member, one zipper binder has all the shared stuff then a folder inside for each person. That way when I needed documents for just my son I could take his out and take it with us and leave the rest in the safe.

I broke down to 4 categories


Identity is your SSN card, birth certificate, any degrees( high school, college) any memberships, etc, anything that establishes your legal identity or defines you.

Health is medical records, etc

Wealth is statements from saving/investment accounts, 401k, etc

last is the stuff you own, paperwork on your house, inventory lists, etc.

Re: Prepare Magazine's "R.E.D. Book"

Posted: Thu Dec 07, 2017 6:54 pm
by teotwaki
Thanks Eugene! That is a good resource.