By Ben W., Social Media Intern and Guest Blogger
When bad weather strikes, it’s unpredictable, strong and unforgiving. In Missouri, we know this all too well, with major tornados hitting this year in the south and even closer to our home in St. Louis and Joplin.
In June, the Home Safety Council is focusing on educating families on home safety and preparing their homes to be ready for disaster. In fact, they’ve even created booklets to help you and your family prepare. It’s almost impossible to know when a disaster might hit, but you can prepare and be ready when it does. Here are some other resources that can help:
- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) renewed its partnership with Operation HOPE, a nonprofit public benefit corporation, to “enhance financial counseling services available before, during and after disasters.” (http://blog.fema.gov). Operation HOPE provides an Emergency Financial First Aid Kit to help you financially prepare for a disaster.
- The American Red Cross also created an entire website devoted to financial planning and disaster preparedness. The site is divided into creating a disaster plan, paying for property repairs and insurance, managing your income, securing your financial records in a safe place and estate planning.
- Go paperless with Scottrade. You can choose to receive your tax forms, account statements and trade confirmations securely online through your account, where you will have access to tax forms and statements for the most recent seven yers. This way, you don’t have to worry about putting those documents in a water and fire-safe area – you can retrieve them from us online free of charge.
What are you going to do to prepare your home and family?
Ben W. is a Social Media Intern at Scottrade. He's a part-time sports writer and a full-time student when he's not helping the Public Relations Department.
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