It’s a new month and time for a new challenge! Did you declutter with me in February? Confession: I kinda failed at that one for all those life reasons I’ve been sharing in my last couple posts. But March is a new story!
This month I am challenging you to make a deployment binder!
No deployment coming up? Congratulations! But make one anyways.
What is a Deployment Binder?
If you have are new to the military spouse world or your spouse isn’t likely to deploy, a deployment binder may not be something you are familiar with. To start with, it doesn’t even have to be a binder. How’s that for a confusing start? The important thing is that it is a central place to collect and easily access any information and resources you might need while your spouse is gone and potentially unreachable. Key components are things like Power of Attorney papers, FRG contact information, and Red Cross contact information. Deployments seem to always mean that the weirdest things will go wrong. Having resources to deal with those situations can help set your mind at ease.
My Spouse isn’t Deploying: Why do I need a Deployment Binder?
Just because your spouse isn’t scheduled to deploy in the near future doesn’t mean they won’t be gone for an extended period of time at some point. When my husband was in the National Guard I wish I would have had a deployment binder. He was activated to respond to Hurricane Harvey and I was franticly trying to make sure I had all the information I needed before he left so the bills would get paid even if/when he didn’t have cell reception.
It is also nice to test drive your deployment binder before the “main event.” We are coming up on an NTC rotation and I am planning to use that as an opportunity to make sure my binder includes all the things I need to get through my husband being gone for an extended period of time. A relatively shorter trial run will probably help me see what things I need to add to the deployment binder before we come up on an actual deployment.
What should be in my deployment binder?
I am going to be totally honest and tell you that this is a learning experience for me. I haven’t made a deployment binder before so I am still in the process of deciding what will be included in mine. If you want a printable deployment binder, Semi-Delicate Balance has a great one here.
I know I will be including
– Power of attorney
– Log-in information for all our bills and bank accounts
– Bill due dates
– Red Cross information
– other stuff…stay tuned!
Pro tip: while you are making your deployment binder, be sure to include important info you already know…like passwords to your bank accounts and bills that you handle. You never know when your spouse might be the one that needs to handle things while you are not available! (Nobody likes to think about an emergency situation but it’s always better to be prepared and not need it!)
Now I want to hear from you! Do you have a deployment binder? What have you found yourself frantically searching for during a deployment or separation?