Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Are You Prepared?

The past few weeks, some areas in California were shaken by small earthquakes. They were not strong enough to create significant damage, but enough to touch our nerves. 

If a devastating earthquake hit your area today, are you prepared?

When preparing, the usual things that comes to mind are food, water, blanket, flashlight, photo albums, and first aid kit.

There are other things that we need to keep handy should we need them. Important documents such as birth certificate, marriage certificate, passport, home insurance, earthquake insurance, mortgage information, Social Security Card or even tax returns needs to be in a safe and accessible place. We may need some of these if we have to file damage claims or ask for assistance. 

I am aware that almost every document now can be accessed online, but remember, if we get hit so bad, we may lose electricity. Internet access will be impossible. Not having hard copies in hand will delay everything. 

This Red Cross list provides helpful information on what we need to prepare in case of emegency.  

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