Each of the following sections includes suggested items to have or purchase. You do not have to get all of them at once. Start with adding one item to build your Power Plan now and add more as you can. Remember, the idea is to become better prepared, not best prepared or nothing.

Once you’ve made your basic video or taken pictures, you’ll need to create a home inventory. You can either make a simple written list, use a spreadsheet or word-processing software, or utilize a home inventory app. Include:

Most of us now rely on speed dial or pushing a button to connect us to others. What if you didn't have your phone or the battery died? Have a backup plan!

Place the following 7 documents into a resealable plastic bag (2 bags are better than one) or a water proof poach and add it to your pet’s emergency kit

It's June and hurricane season has officially arrived, so it's an opportunity for those of us who might experience a hurricane (or earthquake, or lava , or tsunami, or tornado, or flooding, or...you get the picture) to get prepared.

You already know if your dog, cat or other pet hates fireworks or thunderstorms. But even if they’re okay with the lights and bangs they may not take a disaster with the same equanimity. You’ll be stressed and they’ll take their cue from you. Be ready to help them stay calm and feeling secure during an emergency, disaster, or storm.

Be prepared for an emergency, organized for a move, or keep your bills and financial information orderly every day. The PIC will even be a resource if the primary bill payer needs someone else to take care of the finances.

There are 5 stages to emergency preparedness: Planning, Prevention, Preparedness, Response, and Recovery. The following are actions to take in the first three.

Your milk has a Sell By date. Your crackers have a Best When Used By date, and your over-the-counter (OTC) pain reliever has an Expiration date. Does this mean the store has to pull these products off the shelf? Does it mean you shouldn’t drink it, eat it, or take it? Not necessarily.

Here’s the key points you need to know. Continue reading for details and more information: Standard landlines carry their own power when the power goes out, so purchase a trimline corded phone to plug in during a power outage and you’re likely to have a working phone even if you don’t have power. Keep your cell phones charged and get a portable power charger to recharge. Make it a habit to recharge your cell phones each night. Close all apps and turn off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capability to conserve battery. Don’t turn off the phone as turning the phone off and on drains more energy. Your texts have a...

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