All of us are still reeling with shock, anxiety, and sadness over the recent tragedy in Japan spawned by a 9.0 earthquake, herculean Tsunamis, and now a fear over a possible nuclear disaster. No one saw this coming. Natural disasters do not convenience us with an advance notice of the time and place when it strikes. Before 2:46 p.m. people in northeast of Tokyo were going their daily routine. An hour after that time and still in a daze after the shock of the earth’s shift, they had to run for their lives when a 30 foot tsunami washed over the coast.
And while we continue to help in our respective ways, we should also contemplate our own preparedness. Continue your efforts to help Japan. Keep exerting your benevolence. But while you do this, safeguard your own security and that of your family's by formulating a plan for times of calamity. Here are some suggestions to get you started:
- Formulate a Disaster Plan. Utilize the information shared by FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency). They have an excellent website to help you and your children become prepared.
- Write your will. There are a number of sites that offer this service. I prefer Legalzoom.com which charges $39 for basic and $49 for comprehensive. This is a small price to pay for the peace of mind for your family.
- Scan significant documents (i.e. Wills, Passport, Birth Certificates, Bank Accounts, Property Deeds and Titles, etc.) and store it on a secure online cloud. By using the web as your repository, you can access pertinent documents at any time and any place.
- Hold a family meeting to reinforce your Disaster Plan. Everyone should know their respective roles.
- Insure what is critical starting with your home. Also deliberate on acquiring life insurance for extra financial security for your family.
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