Many people who live in hurricane areas do certain similar things. One of those being that we never tend to "over shop" in groceries during hurricane season. If you have ever experienced losing a full freezer and fridge of meat/food after the power goes out, you know exactly what I mean. Another common thing you will find in most Floridian homes is an emergency box. In it you would find things such as non perishable foods, water, flashlights, batteries, radio, etc. The idea is to have this supply already on hand and ready to grab, in case of an emergency. Stores are almost non existent during a disaster or emergency. Even if you can find one open, they are usually out of most everything. The last thing one wants to find themselves doing during a time like that is searching for supplies. This is a wise thing to do no matter the area you live in. We never know what Mother Nature will bring our way or any other kind of emergency that can occur.
If you are like me and do not have a photographic mind, here is a great tip that has proved it's worth to me in the past. Try this test. Without looking, can you name every card that is in your wallet including account #'s, license #'s, pin #'s, expiration dates and customer service phone numbers? If not, you are not alone. Most people can't. Unfortunately, we don't realize how important it is to know this information until it is too late.
Here is a tip on what to do to prevent this. Take every important card, including your driver's license and photo copy both fronts and backs. Write notes next to each of any information not already printed on the card, such as customer service phone numbers and mailing addresses. If you ever get a new card, photocopy it and add it to these records. Keep it all updated and current. Keep these along with other valuable papers in a portable file.
If you ever have to experience a disaster or emergency, just the fact that it is occuring will be enough for you to deal with. Being able to grab a portable file that contains all your important papers will get you out of the door much faster. This is also a wise thing to do in case your wallet is ever lost or stolen. Under the best of circumstances, it is hard to recall everything you carry in your wallet and all the information on each. If you are ever in a stressful situation, it will be near impossible. Time is of the essence when you have to contact all these companies to inform them of your lost cards. Trying to locate all this information in a hurry is the last thing you will want to do but having it all together and knowing where it is, will help immensely during this time. I have had to evacuate my home 3 times due to a hurricane, a tornado and a wild fire. Since I have these things in one place, I was able to grab them quickly and be gone in just a matter of minutes.
Another tip that has served me well is that I do not sign the backs of any credit or bank card. Instead write, "SEE PHOTO ID". The best thing you can hope for is that every clerk will ask to see your license. I am always grateful and thank every clerk who asks to see mine. The more we have to prove who we are, the less chance there is for someone else to be able to use your card. I recently requested a new debit card from my bank when I saw that they were offering ones that have your picture on it. The harder we can make it for thieves to use, the better!
No one wants to experience an emergency or diaster but the more prepared and informed we are, the easier it is for one to get through it. These times cause much stress and when you can just go to one area to retrieve what you need, the easier it will be on you.
God bless you all and keep you safe.
By Mary from Palm Coast, FL
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Very good information. I never thought about the one to not fill up on perishable/frozen food items, but it makes a lot of sense.
Hi kerly87, What I meant by "overshopping", which may not have been the best word to use, pertained to fresh meats and such. During the heavy months of hurricane season, I just buy less "fresh" foods and more types that can keep in the pantry and last indefinitely.
If you don't "over shop" (stock up) how do you continue to eat? I understand that without power you would be in danger of losing food. A few years we were without power for a week. Without power, stores won't sell. (Although I thought that was foolish that stores pitched food instead of allowing it to be consumed while still fresh, but that is another story.) If you did not have provisions you had to drive 20+ miles, one way, to eat. And while those people were gone the looters came.
I am a home canner, we keep a generator, and we made it through this period a lot better off than others. I make sure I am able to take care of myself because I found out that when a disaster strikes, you cannot depend on others taking care of your needs.
Excellent information and something we all should do whether we are in disaster situations or not. As you said if you lose your purse or it is stolen this is a great way to recover all of those important numbers and relieve the stress. Thanks a bunch!
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