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Preparation for Emergencies Tip #1

Staying With Family and Friends During Emergencies

Whether it is a tornado, a hurricane or a fire, disasters can strike.  If they do, you and yourloved one may end up staying with family or friends for an extended period.  To make the adjustment as easy as possible, make sure everyone knows as much information about your loved ones health issues such as dementia or Parkinson's as possible.  Here are some suggestions to help get the family and friends up to speed.

  • Send them a book now before disaster strikes
  • Write it all down and send a letter via USPS
  • Write it all down and email it

 

Financial Preparation When Away From Home

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.

a new law went into effect March 1, 2013, requiring individuals to receive payments electronically., but everyone who signed up before that day should consider setting up electronic payment to their bank account.

A disaster can disrupt mail service for days or weeks. If you are staying with family in another city or state, you wont get your mail.  It also eliminates the risk of stolen checks.

Direct deposit to a checking or savings account. Federal benefit recipients can sign up by calling (800) 333-1795 or sign up online