Articles Tagged ‘Disaster preparedness’

Struggling in a Struggling Economy

Monday, October 24th, 2011

The world economy is tenuous. The US economy is struggling. Your own personal economy is most likely (at least a little) iffy. Now, more than ever, it’s time to protect what you own.

It’s time to do all you can to ensure that you could recover from a fire, theft, man-made disaster or natural disaster. Recovering financially will allow you to continue living the lifestyle you’re used to. It’s time to have an inventory that will support your insurance claim.

It’s time to invest in a personal property inventory of your home and/or business belongings.

What does a down economy have to do with have a business asset inventory or home inventory? A lot of things are happening today because of the economy:

Arson is more frequent – the fire next door could also jump over to your house – you might not have been the target, but you can easily become the victim of it. Our attorney had this very situation happen to her a couple months ago. Burglaries and thefts are up – job loss is a major reason for this. Insurance fraud is up, which means you’ll probably be asked more questions, show more proof of ownership, and give more details to prove the value of your claimed losses. The cost of goods is increasing, which means it’ll take more money to replace your losses – this means it’s important to know the true value of your personal and business contents. You don’t have the time to do an inventory?! That’s why there are inventory service professionals throughout the US. Investing in a professional inventory is well worth the minimal cost. You’ll get it completed quickly (since you don’t have one yet, you most likely won’t do it yourself). Many provide backup copies in case yours is destroyed or misplaced.

Secure the peace of mind an inventory brings – along with the financial recovery it will help ensure.

Cindy Hartman
Hartman Inventory, LLC
317-501-6818
cindy@hartmaninventory.com

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What Are You Doing To Prepare?

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011


National Preparedness Month (each September), was established by Ready.gov and FEMA to help businesses and families prepare for a disaster. The information we provided these past weeks on this blog and on the Hartman Inventory Systems News Page was was offered to all Coalition Members to share with our readers.

We are pleased to have participated once again this year. We hope this campaign has encouraged you to prepare for a disaster! It is imperative to know what to do when a disaster happens; being prepared can save lives.

To close out the month, we are offering this opportunity for you to quiz yourself to see just how prepared you are. If you don’t know the answer to some of the questions, visit Ready.gov or your local Office of Emergency Management for tips and resources that can help make sure you, your family, and your community are Ready.

Does your local government have an emergency or disaster plan for your community? If so, do you know what it is?

Do you know how to find the emergency broadcasting channel on the radio?

Does your city/county have an emergency alert system? If so, are you signed up to get alerts?

Do you know your local evacuation routes? How would you get out of town from work? How about from home?

Does your city/county have a Citizen Corps Council? (If you don’t know, visit www.citizencorps.com)

In the last year, have you prepared or updated your Emergency Supply Kit with emergency supplies like water, food and medicine that is kept in a designated place in your home? Visit Ready.gov for an Emergency Supply Kit checklist.

In the last year, have you prepared a small kit with emergency supplies that you keep at home, in your car or where you work to take with you if you had to leave quickly?

In the last year, have you made a specific plan for how you and your family would communicate in an emergency situation if you were separated?

Are you prepared to help your neighbor? In most emergencies, the best way to get help quickly is by working with your neighbors. Do you know anyone in your neighborhood who might need a little extra help preparing for or responding to an emergency?

Have you established a specific meeting place for your family to reunite in the event you and your family cannot return home or are evacuated?

In the last year, have you practiced or drilled on what to do in an emergency at home?

In the last year, have you volunteered to help prepare for or respond to a major emergency?

Have you taken first aid training such as CPR in the past five years?

Do you have an inventory of your home or business belongings so you are prepared to provide a thorough insurance claim after a loss?

Cindy Hartman
Hartman Inventory, LLC
317-501-6818
cindy@hartmaninventory.com

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