Wednesday, February 2, 2011

The Weather Outside Is Frightful

Right now the United States is experiencing one heck of a winter storm. 33 states are having heavy snow and the others are just downright cold.  I am looking out my window watching the wind whip and pull at the trees and still feeling the bone chiling cold from when I went out earlier today.

I know most of us just want to wrap up, stoke the fire and enjoy a nice cup of coco, but we probably are not getting the chance to do that. We have responsibilities to take care of, little details like going to work and taking care of our families.

Prepared Binder is probably the last thing on your list right now, but here is why it should be at the top. When winter storms hit with this amount of force, stuff happens.  It may be damage from the snow, accidents from bad driving conditions, or the need to evacuate after prolonged periods with out electricity or heat that forces you to deal with an emergency.  Having all of your important information in one location can be vital when getting the help you need.

I knew a lady a few years ago who had to drive almost to Florida to escape the cold and find a place to stay after a horrific snow storm shut her town down.  She was gone almost two weeks before it was safe to return. In that time she needed to contact family, insurance companies, her creditors and her financial institutions.  She had to enact her evacuation plan, gather her supplies and get out of town quickly and safely. 

If you have never evacuated you may be unaware of what you need to take with you. If you have never needed emergency medical treatment, you may be unaware of what information you need to provide. If you have never been separated from your community, you may be unaware of the details to take note of.

Prepared Binder is designed to make the entire process easier, and maybe even a little calmer.

While I hope each of you have a warm and cozy place to ride out this intense storm, if you find yourself needing to evacuate, please take the time to gather your important documents, phone numbers, financials, and emergency equipment.  Be safe, and find shelter soon. May we all weather this storm without incident.

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