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June 12, 2018

How to Keep the Cash Flowing During a Weather Emergency

Of course, you know to stock up on emergency supplies and make evacuation plans. Now, there’s one more thing you need to do before you can say you’re ready for hurricane season – make a plan for your financial survival. Here’s a quick checklist:

1. Stash some cash. Don’t just rely on credit/debit cards or mobile pay because ATMs and terminals may be down. Have enough cash to last at least a week, and to cover unexpected expenses like renting a motel room if you temporarily relocate.

2. Get a secure storage container for all of your important documents – birth certificates and Social Security cards, insurance policies, legal and loan documents, financial and medical records. If you get the order to go, this goes with you.

3. Inventory your property. Take pictures, and make a written list as well, just in case cloud storage goes down. Keep the list in the same box with all your other important papers.

4. Write down key phone numbers. Again, what if mobile service is out and the only phone around is the old-fashioned pay kind? Have a list of the numbers you can’t lose, like ours (800.839.6328), as well as your physician and pharmacy, your employer and insurance company.

5. Review your insurance policies, and do it now, not when a monster storm is coming ashore. You don’t want to find out the hard way that your coverage comes up short.

At Grow, we’ve also made plans to safeguard your accounts with us, and we recently trucked out our Mobile Response Unit for a very successful test. Think of it as a fully-functioning corporate office in a more portable size. So even if we lose power at headquarters, the MRU will be up and running to handle any transaction and to ensure your confidential information is secure.

Like you, we’re hoping for the best and preparing for the worst. For more tips on safeguarding your family, your property and yourself in the event of a natural disaster, visit ready.gov, the official website of the Department of Homeland Security.


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