Tuesday, September 19, 2017

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Financial Preparedness
Americans at all income levels have experienced the challenges of rebuilding their lives after a disaster or other emergency. In these stressful circumstances, having access to personal financial, insurance, medical, and other records is crucial for starting the process of recovery quickly and efficiently. Taking the time now to collect and secure these critical records will give you peace of mind and, in the event of an emergency, will ensure that you have the documentation needed to start the recovery process without delay.

  1. Gather financial and critical personal, household, and medical information.
  2. Consider saving money in an emergency savings account that could be used in any crisis. Keep a small amount of cash at home in a safe place. It is important to have small bills on hand because ATM’s and credit cards may not work during a disaster when you need to purchase necessary supplies, fuel or food.
  3. Obtain property (homeowners or renters), health, and life insurance if you do not have them. Review existing policies for the amount and extent of coverage to ensure that what you have in place is what is required for you and your family for all possible hazards. Homeowners insurance does not typically cover flooding, so you may need to purchase flood insurance from the National Flood Insurance Program.
  4. Scroll down for more helpful financial preparedness tips and download the Emergency Financial First Aid Kit (EFFAK) to get started planning today.

The Emergency Financial First Aid Kit (EFFAK), a joint publication from Operation Hope and FEMA’s Citizen Corps, to help you prepare financially and provide tips to reduce the impact disasters can leave you with financially.

For Organizations 
Encourage people throughout your organization to be financially prepared. Here are some ideas to promote financial preparedness in your organization:

  • Hold a brown bag meeting or
  • Make a presentation at an existing staff meeting using the Emergency Preparedness Financial First Aid Kit PowerPoint and use the Safeguarding Your Valuables Facilitator Guide to support your discussion.
  • Include financial preparedness information in the staff monthly newsletter.


At Home
Using the EFFAK as a guide, or by downloading a secure mobile app on your phone, store important documents either in a safety deposit box, an external drive, on the cloud to make it easy to access during a disaster. 

Household Identification

  • Photo ID to prove identity of household members
  • Birth certificate to maintain or re-establish contact with family members
  • Social security card to apply for FEMA disaster assistance
  • Military service
  • Pet ID tags

Financial and Legal Documentation

  • Housing Payments to identify financial records and obligations
  • Insurance policies to re-establish financial accounts
  • Sources of income to maintain payments and credit
  • Tax statements to provide contact information for financial and legal providers & apply for FEMA disaster assistance

Medical Information

  • Physician information to provide doctors with health information if medical care is needed
  • Copies of health insurance information to ensure existing care continues uninterrupted
  • Immunization records  
  • Medications     

Household Contact information

  • Banking intuitions       
  • Insurance agent
  • Health professionals     
  • Service providers          
  • Place of worship

Get your benefits electronically
A disaster can disrupt mail service for days or weeks. If you depend on Social Security or other regular benefits, switching to electronic payments is a simple, significant way to protect yourself financially before disaster strikes. It also eliminates the risk of stolen checks. The U.S. Department of the Treasury recommends two safer ways to get federal benefits:

  • Direct deposit to a checking or savings account. Federal benefit recipients can sign up by calling (800) 333-1795 or sign up online
  • The Direct Express® prepaid debit card is designed as a safe and easy alternative to paper

Source: https://www.ready.gov/financial-preparedness




September 15, 2017
Crack Down On Vaccine Disinformation To Prevent Next Minnesota Measles Outbreak
Let’s make this perfectly clear: The fact that no child died this spring and summer in what was one of the worst measles outbreaks to hit Minnesota in years is a result of caring parents, top-notch medical care and the dedication of the state’s world-class public health professionals, who put in massive amounts of overtime to rein in this highly contagious disease’s spread. “Measles remains one of the leading causes of death among young children even though a safe and cost-effective vaccine is available,” according to the World Health Organization. “In 2015, there were 134,200 measles deaths globally — about 367 deaths every day or 15 deaths every hour.” Now that Minnesota health officials have declared the 2017 measles outbreak to be officially over, it is time for state lawmakers to take strong steps to prevent the next one. That’s especially true as Minnesota’s anti-vaccine activists have garnered national headlines for continuing their reckless crusade even as measles still spread.

September 14, 2017
How An Off-Duty Deputy's Poolside Joke Turned Into An Undercover Drug Sting.
SAN DIEGO — Sarcasm can be a tricky thing. Just ask Andrew James Harris, who, according to court records, discovered the joke was on him when he ended up the subject of an undercover drug sting. It all started at the Courtyard by Marriott hotel in Mission Valley on March 26, where Harris got into a friendly conversation with a woman and two men relaxing in the hot tub. He asked the reason for their stay, and one of them jokingly responded: Their crack lab had blown up. Harris was arrested at first on state charges, but the case was dropped so one could be filed in federal court. A federal grand jury indicted him June 8, and he was arrested on June 15. He has pleaded not guilty to drug-trafficking charges. He was released on $30,000 bond. The Marin County detective, who has five years on the force, said the case made for a unique experience. “This was totally bizarre,” she said. “This is probably a career case for me. I don’t think it will ever happen again. “I work undercover on a regular basis and have never encountered anything like this.”


Sept. 18:  United States Air Force Birthday
Sept. 20 - 22:  Rosh Hashanah (Jewish Holiday)
Sept. 21 - Oct. 19: Al-Hijira (Muslim Holiday)
Sept. 22:  Fall Equinox
Sept. 29 - 30:  Yom Kippur (Jewish Holiday)
Sept. 30:  Dussebra (Hindu Holiday)


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