Welcome to the Prepare Kansas online challenge for 2020! This year marks the eighth annual online challenge and to keep it fresh, we’re changing it up just a bit. We’re educators, so we’ll still feature educational content in blog posts. We will focus on a few preparedness actions each week. And, we’ll be here to offer motivation and encouragement as you and your family take actions throughout September to be prepared ahead of disasters and emergencies.
So what’s different this year? Because we know that thinking about and preparing for the sorts of disasters and emergencies that we experience in Kansas can be intimidating, we encourage you to Choose Your Challenge. You decide which of the five challenge actions you start with and the order that you’ll complete them. Maybe it will take you longer than a week to complete one of the challenges. Maybe you won’t complete all of them during the month. That’s OK. Getting started can sometimes be the biggest challenge of all.
Choose Your Challenge
Make a Plan
Build a Kit
Prepare for Disasters
Talk to Your Kids
Get Financially Prepared
Do you have all the documents and digital copies you need to protect yourself after a disaster? Two actions you can take now are:
K-State Research and Extension’s Our Valuable Records publication is a great starting point for listing and organizing valuable records such as receipts, documentation, proofs of ownership, and pieces of identification that may be necessary to collect insurance, pension, or retirement benefits; to receive military compensation; and to solve tax or inheritance problems.
Collecting and organizing this information now can help #insurance claims in the event of a disaster. Store your information in a waterproof, fireproof container. Take this action now and protect yourself later.
As we enter the new year, #ResolvetobeReady for emergencies or disasters. As with any goal or resolution, breaking it down into manageable actions is a key to success. Start with one thing. For example, have external power sources available to charge phones and other devices in case of a power outage.
September is National Preparedness Month. It is also our annual Prepare Kansas online challenge. Prepare Kansas 2017 will provide tips on getting financially prepared ahead of disasters and emergencies. This year’s program will be conducted through the K-State Research and Extension Facebook page. No registration is required, so Kansans and anyone interested in planning ahead for emergencies can follow on Facebook and this blog at any time during September, pick up handy information and interact with K-State extension specialists and agents. Today’s post is written by Elizabeth Kiss, Family Resource Management Specialist.
If you had a few precious minutes to leave your home or office, what would you take? This week’s challenge is to create a financial grab-and-go kit.
Why is this important? If you have your most important documents and information at hand in a grab-and-go kit, it can help to get you back on firm financial footing more quickly.
Your kit should be a waterproof, fireproof container that can be taken with you at a moment’s notice. Be sure to keep it in a secure place in your home.
What should you include in your kit? At a minimum you’ll want to have some cash and the financial information and personal identification needed to conduct your day-to-day financial life.
Other information to include in your grab-and-go kit:
- Personal information such as copies of driver’s licenses, passport, and social security cards and key documents that may be needed to restore your financial records
- Account information such as financial account numbers; copies of ATM, debit, and credit cards; insurance cards, policies, or other proof of insurance coverage; and contact information for all financial service and insurance providers
- Household inventory
- Safe deposit key
- Information about prescription medication
- Contact information (phone, email, or web site) for family members, doctors, veterinarians
- Pocket notebook and pen or pencil
Family records, such as birth, marriage, or death certificates may be kept in a safe deposit box. If they are, consider making copies for your grab-and-go box. Other items that may be in safe deposit box include wills, contracts, deeds, stocks, and bond as well as titles to vehicles. Again, if the original is in a safe deposit box, you still may want to make copies for your grab-and-go box.
Want to learn more? Download this fact sheet from the K-State Research and Extension bookstore https://www.bookstore.ksre.k-state.edu/pubs/MF3055.pdf