FEMA has announced that it will perform a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System today, November 9, 2011 at 2pm EST. This test will be heard on radio and TV stations at that time.
The test will be similar to local emergency alert tests where your TV or radio program will be interrupted with an audio message that will indicate that it is only a test. Your program will return after the test is over.
Emergency alert tests are important in the ongoing efforts to keep our country and communities safe, so that in the event of a true emergency, everyone knows what to do.
FEMA is asking everyone to spread the word about this nationwide emergency alert test. So please share this post and let all of your networks know! (You can do that down below my pretty picture.)
And speaking of emergencies, it’s a great time to make sure you know where your important documents are.
If you have to evacuate your home in a hurry you’ll want to gather a birth certificates, social security cards, house and car deeds, and passports. Pictures uploaded to the Internet, can be retrieved when the emergency is over.
To make your important documents retrievable at any time (and to avoid rushing around in an emergency), scan copies of all the documents and send them to your AboutOne inbox (this can be done using your phone or a desktop scanner).
Keep these original documents in a secure location (a fire safe or safe deposit box):
- Social Security card
- Birth certificate
- Any other official, hard-to-replace documents
- Scan these items so you can have a digital record of them as well
- You’ll also want to add to your emergency records kit:
- Contact information: Both your contact information and your emergency contacts’ info. This includes your nearest relatives, your will executor(s), and employers.
- Will and medical directives: Add a copy of your will/living trust and medical letter of instructions (keep the originals with your legal representative). You can upload a PDF file to Google Docs for this purpose.
- Insurance: Homeowners, auto, medical, life, disability, and other insurance agents/brokers contact info and policy numbers
- Financial accounts: Bank, investment, and credit card/loan accounts information, including institution names, phone numbers, and account numbers
- Health records: Immunization records, allergies, dietary restrictions, medications, medical/surgical treatments
- Pet information: Description of each pet, vet contact information, and any important medical notes
- Property: Car information, home purchase papers/deeds, and other home inventory items.
All of these documents can be stored in AboutOne to be easily accessible whenever you need them, wherever you are.