April is Financial Preparedness Month. After a disaster, having access to your personal financial, insurance, medical, and other records is crucial for a quick and smooth recovery. The Office of Emergency Services offers some easy tips to help you recover faster from unexpected emergencies or disasters.

 How to Prepare

  1. Gather key financial documents as well as personal, household and medical information.
  2. Consider saving money in an emergency savings account that could be used in any crisis. Keep a small amount of cash at home in a safe place. It is important to have small bills on hand because ATMs and credit cards may not work during a disaster when you need to purchase necessary supplies, fuel, or food.
  3. Obtain property (homeowners or renters), health and life insurance if you do not have them. Not all insurance policies are the same. Review your policy to make sure the amount and types of coverage you have meets the requirements for all possible hazards. Homeowners insurance does not typically cover flooding, so you may need to purchase flood insurance from the National Flood Insurance Program.
  4. For more helpful financial preparedness tips, download the Emergency Financial First Aid Kit (EFFAK) to start planning today.

 3 Steps to Prepare Your Finances for Natural Disasters — consumerfinance.gov

Additional County Update News – April 25, 2024

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