Don’t Be A Victim
Safety and peace of mind for you, your family and all the valuable possessions in your home and office are paramount. You CAN avoid becoming a “victim” !!!
We can’t wear blindfolds. Things happen to everyone all the time, when they’re least expected. They don’t just happen to the other guy. Are you ready for an unforeseen situation?
1. “Be Prepared” … before an emergency occurs! Fires, floods, windstorms, earthquakes, thefts and loss of life can be devastating, both emotionally and financially. Be sure to keep “emergency” kits and extra supplies nearby. Find out where to go if a disaster strikes. Stash some cash in a safe place. Check with your agent to see that all your insurance coverage is up-to-date. File your vital paperwork in an easy-to-find system.
2. DO IT NOW … when there’s time and it’s foremost in your mind … before a tragedy hits. Later could be too late!!! Information is valuable — whether recorded manually or on computer disk. It will be much easier to give your insurance agent a prepared list of all your possessions than try to remember everything you lost “after the fact.”
3. Every person (in every section of the country) should keep an itemized record of vital details. From grandparents to college students, newlyweds to Golden Anniversary honorees, homeowners to business owners … they all own valuables which will be very costly to replace. Also, a great deal of stress is eliminated by being prepared. Many parts of our country are hit each year with some form of disaster … don’t become a victim.
4. Information, such as the names, addresses and phone numbers of all the key people to call in an emergency, is always helpful. Also, if you were NOT able to do this for yourself, someone else could easily do it for you.
5. Documents may need to be located immediately. It’s important to keep a list of where to find birth certificates, wills, tax records, legal data and the rest.
6. Possessions, including valuables, equipment, vehicles, real estate, investments, keepsakes and more, should be itemized for many reasons. The time saved, by compiling this information now, could be precious later.
7. Financial Facts should be found quickly in an emergency. A list with the location of your records detailing income, debts, credit cards and others needs to be readily available.
8. Inventory Lists are important time and stress-savers. They must describe all belongings in each room and storage area of your home and office, along with all the facts and figures.
9. For computer users, AssetCommander™ (Mac & Win) organizes valuable records for you, and can be conveniently saved on a disk and stored with a hard copy in a safe place. Orders: http://www.leadcommander.com/asstgold.html
10. To use as a guide — or for non-computer users — it is highly recommended that a fill-in-the-blank inventory, the Personal Assets Inventory Workbook©, be completed immediately.
IMPORTANT — Store all photos or video of your home and office, photocopies of significant receipts and documents – along with your Personal Asset Inventory Workbook and/or AssetCommander software backup – in a locked fire-proof box or your bank safe deposit box. Give copies of this information to your family members, lawyer and the executor of your estate.
This article was originally published in CompuServe’s Working from Home Library – HO Organizing
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McMillan & Company Professional Organizing