How to Evacuate in 30 Minutes or Less
The L.I.F.E. Binder
By Lynn Champion
A category 5 hurricane is heading your way. Fire accidentally breaks out and threatens to engulf your home. A family emergency requires that you immediately travel across the country for an extended stay. Life can be, and often is, unpredictable… and events beyond your control can create havoc and uncertainty in a matter of moments.
How we respond to life's unpredictable events will result in consequences that can impact our lives for days, weeks, months, … or years. The more prepared we are, the more controlled our response will be. And, the more controlled our response, the greater chance for a "smooth landing".
If you're like most people, you have a wide variety of vital personal and financial records… from birth certificates to banking information to medical records… from marriage certificates to irreplaceable photos… from home ownership records to estate planning documents.
Where do you keep these and other important papers? Are they safe? Protected from flood, fire, catastrophic weather, identity thieves? If flood or fire is bearing down on you, can you put your hands on all the documents quickly? … under pressure? …
These are some of the reasons I developed The L.I.F.E. Binder. We have worked too hard for too many years to build our financial and personal foundation, only to have it scattered to the winds because of a lack of planning.
I decided to consolidate all of our important papers in one place, and found that a 3-ring binder with protective sheets was the best place. I set up sections to make it easy to organize, file, and keep up with all the different documents and information, and I used a sturdy and easily identifiable binder to make it easy for anyone in our family to quickly locate and grab in an emergency.
I happened to show it to a couple of friends, and they asked if I could put one together for them. They liked it so much, and believed that it would benefit others, so they encouraged me to market it. We came up with the name The L.I.F.E. Binder, or "Life Information For Emergencies", and they and other friends and customers have helped spread the word. I've been amazed at the positive response we've received in such a short period of time.
The L.I.F.E. Binder, complete with formatted CD, costs $39.95 plus tax, and $10.00 for shipping/handling, and is available in navy, red, black, and clear binders. You can order at TheLIFEbinder@yahoo.com, or at 281-257-3034, and we accept checks, cash, American Express, Visa, MasterCard, and Discover in payment.
Our lives are busy, and filled with important events and a seemingly unending amount of
paperwork. If you're overwhelmed by boxes of important papers, and are concerned that you could lose your critical financial and personal information in the event of a hurricane, flood, fire, or other disaster, give The L.I.F.E. Binder a try. Life "happens", often unpredictably. You'll sleep better at night knowing that your personal and financial records are in one place, at your fingertips, when you need them most.
Lynn Champion is a "retired" CPA and mother of three. She's the primary keeper of the finances for her family, and she developed a binder, with a formatted CD, in which to organize and protect their vital personal and financial records and documents. A few of her friends saw the benefits, asked for a copy of their own, and encouraged her to market The L.I.F.E. Binder and fill a real need in our busy, paper-filled society. This is her first product launch, but, as an avid scrapbooker, she's now considering the benefits of a similar L.I.F.E. Binder for photos. You may reach Lynn at 281-257-3034, or via email at