How To Set Up Your Medical ID & ICE Contact On An Apple Watch

Wondering how to set up your Medical ID or ICE Contact on your new #AppleWatch?

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The Medical ID slide button will appear.  Just tap it and you’ll see your Medical ID information.  Scroll down to emergency contacts, to view any ICE Contacts you added to the Medical ID on your iPhone.
If you happen to be a medical professional or a first responder, this is a great way to find an unconscious patient’s medical and emergency information.

As much as we love Apple’s Medical ID, there are two reasons you still need to make a regular ICE Contact, to use along with it. 

Number 1:  You can put an unlimited amount of vital information into a regular contact.
Number 2:  Hospitals are used to looking for ICE Contacts rather than Medical ID and if you don’t have a regular one, they might miss it.
And with the way the world has been the last few years — remember Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, Maria and the California Ranch, Camp, Thomas and Carr wildfires — having an ICE contact is an awesome way keep your family safe and connected no matter WHAT is happening around you.

Below, you’ll find everything you need not only to set up your Medical ID the RIGHT way, but the ICE Contacts that go along with it. 

First grab the information you’ll need:

All of the contact info for your two (or more) emergency contacts.
  • A list of your allergies.
  • A list of your medical conditions/recent surgeries
  • The contact information for your main physician(s)
  • Any other information you would like an ER to know about you.

Grab your phone and let’s get started!

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1. Put the word ICE, all capitals, in the First Name field. Don’t type anything else in this field!
2. Put your ICE Contact’s full name and relationship to you in the Company field, ie John Smith – Husband.
3. Type in every phone number you have for your contact.
4. Type in all of your contact’s email addresses — again, every last one.
5. Type in all of your contact’s social media handles/user names. You never know what will be up and running in an emergency. Many people have reached loved ones on Facebook and Twitter, when cell phone and landline service was down.
6. All of your own allergies, medications and medical history go in the notes section. Even better capitalize the words ALLERGIES, MEDICATIONS etc to ensure that they’re seen. 
7. Add your physician’s names and phone numbers in the notes section and if you like, a link to your own Medical History Form. If you don’t have one, you can borrow one of ours.
8. Is your contact in different locations on different days? Add that in the notes section as well.
9. Instead of their photo, add an ICE Contact Graphic to the contact to make it stand out. Go to our Free Resource Page to find one you love.
10. And finally, never put your social security number or insurance member number into your ICE Contact. You can add the name of your insurance company and customer service number, but the actual numbers can wait until later.
And now, let’s make your ICE info even easier to find, by setting up your iPhone’s Medical ID.  

Don’t forget that you can fill in your ICE Contact on your Mac or iPad.  Not only is it easier to type on a larger screen, but once you save it to your contacts, it will sync with iCloud and appear right on your phone.

What Is Medical ID?

Medical ID, a part of the Apple Health App, not only gives you a place to put your emergency medical information, but it puts a link to that information right on the front of your phone, where it can be viewed by a hospital even if your phone is password locked. 
You’ll find it on most iPhones (iPhone 6 and up) using iOS 8 and higher.   If your phone is older and doesn’t have Medical ID, you can just leave your ICE Contact the way it is.
On your home screen click on the Health App – it’s the one with the heart on it.  This will take you to the Dashboard page of the Health App.  On the bottom right of the screen, you’ll see the Medical ID icon.  Click on it. 
On the Medical ID screen, click on the red link that says Create Medical ID.

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The most important part of the Medical ID screen is at the top.  It’s the On/Off Switch that shows a link to your emergency information on the home screen of your phone even when it’s password-locked. 

Before you do anything else, switch this to the ON position.  It will turn green like the graphic below.
By the way, none of the information in your Medical ID is shared with any of the other apps on your phone.

Enter All Of Your Information

Put all the information you possibly can into your Medical ID.
As you can see it already has fields for your birth date, medical conditions, allergies, current medications and other information.  There are two sections that you need to pay special attention to – Medical Notes and Add Emergency Contact.

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After you finish filling in the regular fields, use the Notes Section to list anything that didn’t fit into them, like the names and phone numbers of your physicians and healthcare providers and contact information for your Insurance Company.  Again, don’t add any sensitive personal information like a social security number, insurance member ID number or financial information.  
You can also place a link to your Medical History Form in the Notes Section to give emergency personnel to quick access to your medical history until your emergency contact arrives at the hospital.

Add Your Emergency Contact

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When you click on Medical ID’s Add Emergency Contact button, it will show you a list of your contacts, so you can choose the people you’d like to add to your Medical ID.  That’s why we had you set up your ICE Contacts first. 
Go ahead and click on the button and choose your first ICE Contact. 
If you have additional ICE Contacts (a smart idea, in case your first contact is unreachable), then click on the Add Emergency Contact field again to add as many additional people as you would like.

Want to save time turning your husband or wife’s contact into an ICE Contact?  Simple!  Just tap & hold the contact you want to use, choose share and email it to yourself. Then open it in your email, make the changes from above to turn it into an ICE Contact and save it to your contacts as ICE.

That’s all there is to it!

While you’re here, be sure to check out our other posts like How To Put An ICE Contact On Your Samsung Galaxy, Android or Window’s Phone (you’ll find the links below), to learn EVERYTHING you need to know about ICEing nearly any type of phone.
Want to download these instructions for later?  Just click here and save them to your computer.
And don’t forget to put ICE Contacts on your spouse’s and kid’s phones too, along with each other’s contact information, so you can get in touch with each other quickly and easily.
Having an ICE contact and Medical ID is an awesome way keep your family safe and connected no matter WHAT is happening around you.

Have Fun Getting Your Stuff Together! We’ll talk later…

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How To Find Your Patient’s Emergency Contacts On An iPhone

How To Find Your Patient’s Medical Information and ICE Contacts On An iPhone  

As emergency physicians, nurses, paramedics, police officers and other first responders know, there’s nothing worse than staring down at a critically ill patient who can’t answer of your questions.  Who can’t tell you who they are, what medications they’re taking or one thing about their medical history. 
Or can they?  What if your patient had something in their pocket that could tell you all the critical information you need to save their life?   
They do. 
It’s their iPhone. 
But how do you find all that information, especially if they password protect their phone? It’s a lot easier than you think! 
Here’s how to do it. 

What Am I Looking For? 

You’re looking for their Medical ID or their ICE/Emergency Contacts. 
Pick up your patient’s phone and look at the screen.  You might have to click the round home button or power button to wake it up.  If the phone is off, just hold the power button for a few seconds to turn it on.

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Does the phone screen look like picture 1, 2 or 3 below? 


#1 Password Protected With Medical ID 

Most new iPhones have an emergency link called Medical ID, which displays the owner’s medical information and emergency contacts, even if the phone is password protected. 

Locate Medical Information & Emergency Contacts 

Tap the word EMERGENCY on the lower left side of the screen. Then on the next screen, tap MEDICAL ID.  
This will open Medical ID.


Not only will you be able to see any medical history or information that your patient has entered, but you’ll be able to see their ICE/Emergency Contacts at the bottom of the Medical ID screen.

Locate Patient’s Name And Contact Information

Didn’t find anything helpful?  Let’s try and find your patient’s name and contact information.
Look at the screen, hold down the home button and say the following words in this order.

“Who does this iPhone belong to? 

Siri should respond with your patient’s name and any basic contact information that he or she entered on the phone. 


Locate Patient’s Next Of Kin 

If you weren’t able to find the information you need, here are a few ideas that might help.  

#2 Password Protected iPhone Without Medical ID

Locate Medical Information  

If you see a password screen but don’t see the word EMERGENCY, the iPhone is a little older than most.  It won’t have Medical ID, but it might still have an ICE Contact.  

Locate ICE/Emergency Contacts 

Just press and hold down the  Main Home Button — the big round button on the bottom of the phone — to access Siri.  Then say the following words in this order. 

“Siri, Contacts ICE”.    

If the phone has an ICE contact, Siri should display it for you.

Locate Patient’s Name And Contact Information 

If Siri doesn’t bring anything up, press and hold down the  Main Home Button, and say the following words in this order. 

“Who does this iPhone belong to?” 

Siri should respond with your patient’s name and any basic contact information the he or she entered on the phone. 

Locate Patient’s Next Of Kin 

If you weren’t able to find the information you need, here are a few ideas that might help.  

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Locate Medical Information 

If the phone isn’t password protected, all you have to do is look for Medical ID or through the phone’s Contacts yourself.  
The quickest way to find it, is to ask Siri.  Swipe the arrow near the bottom of the screen from left to right, to open the home screen. 


Look at the screen and say the following words in this order:  

“Hey Siri, open Medical ID”.  

If Siri responds, check the Medical ID for the information you need.


If nothing happens, Siri probably isn’t switched on.  But you can still find the Medical ID by finding and opening the Apple Health App
Locate and click on the App’s Icon.  It’s the one with the Heart (SEE BELOW) and then click on Medical ID. 

Not only will you be able to see any medical history or information that your patient has entered, but you’ll be able to see their ICE/Emergency Contacts at the bottom of the Medical ID screen.

Locate ICE/Emergency Contacts 

Nothing helpful in the Medical ID?  
Time to look at the phone’s Contacts to see if you can find your patient’s ICE contacts or the name of their spouse, relatives or close friends. 
Tap the Phone icon and then tap on Contacts. 

The first contact on the list is usually the owner of the phone, so be sure to look there if you need to find your patient’s name or personal contact information.


Then scroll the rest of the phone/contacts to try and locate your patient’s spouse, parents, relatives or close friends.  

Locate Patient’s Next Of Kin 

If you weren’t able to find the information you need, here are a few ideas that might help.  

How To Find Medical ID On An Apple Watch 

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Locate Medical Information & Emergency Contacts 

Pick up the watch and look at the screen.  If it’s password protected, press and hold the side button (the crown on the watch) drag the Medical ID slider to the right.  
Once you open the Medical ID scroll to the bottom (by turning the side button/crown) to read the information.  Your patient’s emergency Contact should be listed towards the bottom of the Medical ID. 
To call a contact, touch the contact’s name from the list to call them.  If their iPhone isn’t nearby, you’ll have to call the contact number from another phone.   

Not Password Protected 

Locate Medical Information 

If the Apple Watch isn’t password protected, look at the screen and say the following words in this order:  

“Hey Siri, open Medical ID”.  

Locate ICE/Emergency Contacts 

Nothing helpful in the Medical ID?  Time to look at the phone’s Contacts to see if you can find your patient’s ICE Contacts or the name of their spouse, relatives or close friends. 
On the Home screen find and tap the Phone app.  

Now tap Contacts.  To look through the contacts, turning the side button/crown to scroll them. 

If you’re a healthcare professional or a first responder…

Remember these instructions the next time you encounter an unconscious patient with an iPhone. 
While you’re here, take a moment to check out  How To Put An ICE Contact On Your iPhone, or How To Put And ICE Contact On Your Samsung Galaxy to learn how to set up a fully loaded, life saving ICE Contact on your own phone in two minutes or less.  Want to download the iPhone ICE Contact instructions later?  Just click here and save them to your computer.
And don’t forget to put ICE Contacts on your spouse’s and kid’s phones too, along with each other’s contact information, so you can get in touch with each other quickly and easily.

Have Fun Getting Your Stuff Together! We’ll talk later…

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How To Set Up Your ICE Contacts

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How to put an ICE Contact on your Samsung Galaxy Lock Screen
Can I Put An ICE Contact On A Password Protected iPhone?
How To Find Your Patient’s Medical Information & ICE Contacts On An iPhone.
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Why Are ICE Contacts So Important?
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How To Create A Family Evacuation Plan
How To Fill Out Your Child’s Emergency Contact Card

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How To Save Your Home Movies And Videos
How To Archive Your Digital Photos
How To Archive Your Print Photos
How To Make A Home Inventory
How To Get Your Financial Life In Order
How To Preserve Your Family History
How To Back Up Your Facebook Friends List
Turn Your Smartphone Into A Mobile Command Center
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The Two Minute ICE Contact

What if I told you that you could put an ICE Contact on your iPhone with everything it needs to have in it to save your life, in 2 MINUTES FLAT?

Would you grab your phone and go for it?  Of course you would!  In fact, even if you already have an ICE Contact on your iPhone, I guarantee that you’re probably missing a few key things.
And with the way the world has been the last few years — remember Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, Maria and the California Ranch, Camp, Thomas and Carr wildfires — it’s more important than ever!   Having an ICE contact is an awesome way keep your family safe and connected no matter WHAT is happening around you. 
Whether you have an iPhone 6, iPhone 7 or a brand new iPhone X or XS Max, here is a quick and easy way to put a basic ICE Contact on your phone in just a few minutes. 

Before You Begin…

Do you password lock your phone?  If so, you’ll also need to set up the Medical ID on your iPhone.  It’s the only way that a hospital will be able to view your ICE Contact while you’re phone is locked. 
Once you’ve finished your ICEing your phone, set up the Medical ID on your phone, by clicking on the Health App (that’s the app with the heart that comes pre-loaded onto your phone).  Then attach your ICE Contact(s) to the Medical ID so they’ll be easy for an emergency room to spot.  If you need instructions, you can find them right here on the blog.

Grab your phone and let’s get started!

1.  Put the word ICE, all capitals, in the First Name field.
2.  Put your ICE Contact’s full name and relationship to you in the Company field.
3.  Type in all of your contact’s phone numbers.  EVERY one that you have for them
4. Type in all of your contact’s email addresses — again, every last one.
5. Type in all of your contact’s social media handles/user names.  You never know what will be working in an emergency.  Many people have reached loved ones on Facebook and Twitter, when cell phone and landline service was down.
6. Your own allergies, medications and medical history go in the notes section.  Even better capitalize the words ALLERGIES, MEDICATIONS etc to ensure that they’re seen.
7.  You can also add your physician’s names and phone numbers in the notes section and if you like, a link to your own medical history form.  If you don’t have one, you can borrow one of ours.
8.  Is your contact in different locations on different days?  Add that in the notes section as well.
9. Instead of their photo, add an ICE Contact Graphic to the contact to make it stand out.  Here are a few to choose from.
10.  And finally, never, ever put your social security number or insurance member number into your ICE Contact.  You may put the name of your insurance company and their customer service number in if you like, but as long as your emergency contact comes to the hospital and can provide that information, it’s probably not necessary.
And there you have it.  One fully loaded ICE Contact.  Two Minutes.
While you’re here, be sure to check out our other posts like How To Put An ICE Contact On Your iPhone, or How To ICE Your Samsung Galaxy to learn EVERYTHING you need to know about ICEing your phone. 
And while you’re feeling proactive, don’t forget to put ICE Contacts on your spouse’s and kid’s phones too, along with each other’s contact information.   If you’d rather download the information to take care of your phones later, you can download it right here.

Have Fun Getting Your Stuff Together! We’ll talk later…

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How To Set Up Your ICE Contacts

How To Set Up An ICE Contact On Your iPhone
How To Set Up An ICE Contact On Your Samsung Galaxy Phone
How To Set Up An ICE Contact On Your Android Smartphone
How To Put An ICE Contact & Medical ID On Your Apple Watch
How To Set Up Your Medical ID & ICE Contact On The iPhone
How to put an ICE Contact on your Samsung Galaxy Lock Screen
Can I Put An ICE Contact On A Password Protected iPhone?
How To Find Your Patient’s Medical Information & ICE Contacts On An iPhone.
Cómo Colocar Un En Caso de Contacto de Emergencia En Su Teléfono Celular
Why Are ICE Contacts So Important?
Create An ICE Contact In 2 Minutes
The Two Things You should NEVER put in your ICE Contact
Don’t Carry A Wallet? Here are 20 Places To Put Your Emergency Wallet Card

Keep The People You Love Safe

How To Keep Your Medical History At Your Fingertips
How To Create A Family Evacuation Plan
How To Fill Out Your Child’s Emergency Contact Card

Keep The Stuff You Love Safe

How To Save Your Treasured Voice Mail Messages
How To Save Your Home Movies And Videos
How To Archive Your Digital Photos
How To Archive Your Print Photos
How To Make A Home Inventory
How To Get Your Financial Life In Order
How To Preserve Your Family History
How To Back Up Your Facebook Friends List
Turn Your Smartphone Into A Mobile Command Center
How To Backup Your Music, MP3s And Vinyl Albums
How To Access Your Money No Matter Where You Are

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How To Earthquake Proof Your Bedroom
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The Best Apps For Tornado Season
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How To Get Ready For A Wildfire
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How To Back Up ALL Your Music – Even Vinyl!

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How much do you LOVE your music?  

For most of us, it’s not just a bunch of CDs and MP3s.  It’s the soundtrack of our lives.  And when you have something that important, you want to make sure that it’s around, safe and sound for a long, long time. 

So let’s take a few minutes, grab that music collection of yours and back it up for safekeeping.  And who knows?  You might even be able to put that amazing vinyl jazz solo you love, on your smartphone!

1. Back Up Your MP3s

Do you have MP3 or other digital music files on your computer, smartphone or other devices? 
On your PC or Mac, create a folder called “Backup Music (dd/mm/yy)” using today’s date.
Grab all of your devices and take a few moments to download, send or save all of your MP3s (or other digital music files) to your computer.  Then put all of those MP3s into the backup folder. 
Locate all of the digital music on your computer’s hard drive.  Leaving the originals where they are, make copies of the music folders and place them into the backup folder.
2. Deal With CDs, Cassettes & Vinyl Albums
Gather all your CDs, Vinyl Albums and Cassettes and set them on a nearby table.
Although all of your music is important, some means more to you than others. 
Separate your CDs, cassettes and vinyl albums into two piles.
  • Pile One: Music you love that you want to copy and preserve digitally for safekeeping.
  • Pile Two:  Music that you:
    • A) Already have in MP3 format.
    • B) Have numerous copies of the album in other locations (double check that this is true).
    • C) Simply don’t care about preserving.
Go ahead and put the music in pile two back where you found it.
3. Convert Your CDs to MP3s
Convert the CDs to MP3s using Windows Media Player (for PCs) or Audacity for Mac.  Just pop in the CD into your computer, open the software and follow the instructions.
Once they’re ripped, save copies of each album to the regular music folder on your computer and to your new backup folder.
And while you’re at it, don’t forget to download your favorite songs to your iPod or smartphone.
4. Convert Your Cassettes & Albums to MP3s
Here are a few easy ways we’ve found to convert your cassettes or albums to MP3s.
There are several vinyl album to MP3 recorders available including the Crosley Memory Master II 3-Speed Turntable with CD Player/Recorder .  The nice thing about that one is that it converts cassettes and vinyl to CD or to MP3s.  And if you only have cassettes to convert, there is the ION Tape Express
Once you’ve saved copies of your cassettes and vinyl albums, save them to the regular music folder on your computer, to your new backup folder and don’t forget to put your favorites on your smartphone or MP3 player.
And while you’re at it, how about helping mom, dad, grandma or grandpa preserve their old albums while you’re at it.  An MP3 player or new iPhone X or Samsung Galaxy full of their favorite songs would make a GREAT gift!
    5.  Backing Up Your Music For Safe Keeping
    Since we’ve been talking about preserving your music, once you’ve got it all backed up, it only makes sense to keep it safe and sound. 
    So save a copy of your Backup Music folder onto a flash drive or a portable hard drive and place it in at least two secure, damage-proof locations, away from home for safekeeping. 
    Here are a few suggestions on places to put it:
    • In a watertight Plastic Evacuation Bin. 
    • In a safe deposit box in your own city.
    • In a water/fireproof safe in your own city.
    • In a safe deposit in a pre-determined evacuation location
    • In a password protected file on Dropbox, iCloud, OneDrive or family web site.
    Or if you’re ready to get EVERY area of your life straightened up, grab a copy of our book Ready. Here’s the link to the Paperback Edition at Amazon.com .

    Have Fun Getting Your Stuff Together! We’ll talk later…

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    How To Set Up Your ICE Contacts

    How To Set Up An ICE Contact On Your iPhone
    How To Set Up An ICE Contact On Your Samsung Galaxy Phone
    How To Set Up An ICE Contact On Your Android Smartphone
    How To Put An ICE Contact & Medical ID On Your Apple Watch
    How To Set Up Your Medical ID & ICE Contact On The iPhone
    How to put an ICE Contact on your Samsung Galaxy Lock Screen
    Can I Put An ICE Contact On A Password Protected iPhone?
    How To Find Your Patient’s Medical Information & ICE Contacts On An iPhone.
    Cómo Colocar Un En Caso de Contacto de Emergencia En Su Teléfono Celular
    Why Are ICE Contacts So Important?
    Create An ICE Contact In 2 Minutes
    The Two Things You should NEVER put in your ICE Contact
    Don’t Carry A Wallet? Here are 20 Places To Put Your Emergency Wallet Card

    Keep The People You Love Safe

    How To Keep Your Medical History At Your Fingertips
    How To Create A Family Evacuation Plan
    How To Fill Out Your Child’s Emergency Contact Card

    Keep The Stuff You Love Safe

    How To Save Your Treasured Voice Mail Messages
    How To Save Your Home Movies And Videos
    How To Archive Your Digital Photos
    How To Archive Your Print Photos
    How To Make A Home Inventory
    How To Get Your Financial Life In Order
    How To Preserve Your Family History
    How To Back Up Your Facebook Friends List
    Turn Your Smartphone Into A Mobile Command Center
    How To Backup Your Music, MP3s And Vinyl Albums
    How To Access Your Money No Matter Where You Are

    How To Get Ready For…

    How To Earthquake Proof Your Bedroom
    How To Get Ready For A Tornado
    How To Get Ready For A Tsunami
    The Best Apps For Tornado Season
    How To Get Ready For A Hurricane
    How To Get Ready For A Wildfire
    How to Get Ready For A Flood
    How To Get Ready For An Earthquake

    How To Save Your Treasured Voice Mail Messages

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    How To Save Your Treasured #Voicemail Messages

    Your mission is to learn how to back up all of those voicemail messages you’ve been saving and resaving, so that you can keep them safe and sound without worrying about losing them.   
    When we first started writing our books, I was really surprised to hear how many people have old voicemails on their phones and answering machines that they keep resaving over and over again for sentimental reasons. 
    For some people it’s the news of a new arrival to the family, or a job offer they’d been waiting for.  For others it’s the last message or the old voicemail greeting of a loved one who’s passed away. The problem with trying to save voicemail messages this way, is that one hiccup from a cell phone carrier or badly timed power outage and that message will be gone forever.  
    That’s what happened to one woman.  When her fifteen year old son unexpectedly died in his sleep, she couldn’t bear to erase the greeting on his cell phone’s voicemail. So she kept his phone and service, just so she could call every once in a while to hear his voice.   Until one day when her cell phone carrier changed storage systems and lost his voicemail greeting.  
    She was absolutely beside herself.  
    Thankfully, weeks later, the cell phone carrier found the greeting, put it on a CD and sent it to her.  But when a recording is THAT important, you can’t just leave it up to chance, hoping that it never gets erased.   And backing it up is so easy to do, you’ll wonder why you didn’t do it months ago! 
    Do you have a message that you want to save?  
    Well the first thing you have to do is to figure out what method is best. 
    Usually old messages are in one of three places.  
    • Your smartphone or cell phone’s voicemail
    • A digital answering machine or landline voicemail system
    • Or an answering machine that uses a cassette tape

    Let’s Start With Your Android Smartphone’s Voicmail   

    In general, most Android smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy or LG have an option within the voicemail to save the message to your Dropbox, iCloud or One Drive. That’s the easiest method, because your phone will save the recording for you, usually as an MP3. 
    Or you can save the file and email it to yourself.
    Once the file is on your computer, store the message to your backup files as well as a portable hard drive for safe keeping.

    Saving A Voicmail From Your iPhone

    Saving a voicemail on your iPhone is simple. In fact, it’s as easy as sharing a photo. 
    Click on the voicemail you want to save. 
    Tap the share button on the upper right corner of your screen.  Then choose where you want to save it.  

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    You can email it to yourself, save it to your files (including iCloud) or to other file sharing services like Dropbox.  In this instance, I decided to save it to iCloud.  

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    At the top you’ll see that your voicemail is about to be saved as an MP4 file.  Just choose the file where you want to save it and tap “add”.  That’s it, your voicemail is saved!
    Why did I choose iCloud?  Because it’s a great way to save your voicemail in multiple locations.  More locations means less of a  chance the voicemail will accidentally be deleted.  Not only does saving your voicemail to iCloud mean you’ve saved your message to the cloud, but from there, you can download it to your Mac or PC, transfer it to one or more portable hard drives or flash drives.  You can even email it to other locations or other people for safekeeping.
    If the message you want to save is someone’s voicemail greeting, you won’t be able to save it by sharing it.  In that case, the best way to save it is to play it out loud on speakerphone and record it using a tape or audio recorder.  See that section below for details.

    What If You Have An Older Cell Phone That Doesn’t Let You Save Your Messages As Files?

    • You can turn it into an MP3  (we’ll cover this one in a minute)
    • Or you can call your cellphone carrier and ask them how to download a voice mail from your particular phone.
    • Or you can play the message on speakerphone and record it onto a digital recorder as an MP3 

    What if Your Message Is On A Cassette Tape? 

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    The easiest way to archive it is to simply save the tape.  Which would be fine if this was just a simple message.  Since it’s not, and since cassettes have a habit of breaking, you really need to back up the message and save it to your computer as an MP3, for safekeeping.  
    One easy way we’ve found to convert your cassettes to MP3s is the ION Tape Express

    What If Your Message Is On An Answering Machine With A Digital Chip Or A Landline Voicemail System? 

    Play the message out loud on your digital answering system and record it onto a digital recorder, like your smartphone. 
    If the message is on a landline voicemail system, use a speakerphone to play the message out loud and record it.  
    This is also the best way to save a voicemail greeting from a smartphone, since a greeting can’t usually be saved like a message can. 

    Or You Can Leave It To The Professionals…

    If you have an old cell phone with a treasured message or voicemail greeting on it on it and would rather leave the archiving to the professionals, it’s time to go to CBW Productions.  You can find them at www.cbwproductions.com.
    They’ll make a copy of any message that’s on your cell phone’s voicemail and email you the MP3 copy.  Or if you would rather, they’ll send it to you on a CD.  
    The next time someone leaves you a message that you never want to lose, do yourself a favor. Take five minutes to back it up.
    And if you have any type of message that you need to back up that we didn’t cover here, let us know on the comments below, so we can help you figure it out. 
    We’d love to hear your questions and comments below and don’t forget to use the share buttons, to share this post and video with your friends on social media.
    Want to download these instructions for later?  Click Here to download the PDF Shortcut Sheet.
    Have Fun Getting Your Stuff Together! We’ll talk later…
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    How To Set Up An ICE Contact On Your Samsung Galaxy Phone

    Did you know that your Samsung Galaxy can save your life?

    And it’s not just the Galaxy S9 or Galaxy S10, Galaxy Note or Galaxy Core, but any kind of smartphone, like the iPhone 10, LG G5 or Nokia Lumia. The secret is letting your phone do the talking for you in an emergency.  And the way to do that is with ICE.

    What is ICE?

    Before You Begin… …you’d better decide who your ICE Contacts will be.  The first one of course will be your spouse, partner, best friend or close relative.  Someone that you want there with you at the hospital or, if need be, making decisions on your behalf.  But what if that person is also injured, or is out of town or forgot to charge their phone?  Why not choose one additional person to be an ICE Contact – someone very close to you, who you know will drop everything to race to your side and handle things until your significant other can be reached.

    Let’s set up your first ICE Contact.

    Touch the Contacts Icon on your Galaxy to open up your Contacts.  These instructions should work on most Galaxies including Samsung Galaxy S7 and S10.  Click on the plus sign + to add a new contact and touch the First Name Field.  Don’t put the name of your contact in this field, only the word ICE.  We’re doing this because your Galaxy sorts contacts by their first name by default and you want your contact to show up as ICE, not as your contact’s actual name. Next, touch the Last Name Field and enter your contact’s full name, ie. John Jones.  Now when you save the contact, not only will it be alphabetized as ICE, but it will also have your contact’s name right next to it – easy to read and easy to use.  Do the same thing when you set up your second ICE contact.  The only difference is that you’ll name it ICE2.
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    Time To Make Your Galaxy Do Some Heavy Lifting…

    The best thing about a smartphone is that you can put everything that you need to communicate, right inside this one contact.   Here’s the basic information you need to include: Put all the information you possibly can into your two ICE Contacts.  For example:
    • Your emergency contact’s Main Number/Cell number/ Work number, Relationship to you
    • Email Address & IM, Twitter and Facebook address (in case landlines are down  & you need to send an emergency message )
    • Other info, for example, days that the contact is at a certain location
    • Add extra fields if you need them.
    • Use the Notes Section to list your Allergies, Current Medications or the Names & Numbers of your Physicians.
    • Be sure to include every piece of information you can.   Why?  Because you never know what type of communication will or won’t be working.  For instance, after the Japan earthquake, many people were able to reach each other via Twitter or Facebook even though their landline phones and Wi-Fi weren’t working.
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    Adding And Using Fields

    Like most smartphones, your Samsung Galaxy lets you change, add or create fields inside the contact, so that you can customize it as much as you like.  To add fields to your contact, press and hold the field name until the menu appears, then check the boxes next to the field/label you want and clicking OK. One great field to add is Relationship, to tell emergency personnel who your contact is to you. But what about information that doesn’t fit into a field on your phone?  That’s when you turn to your new best friend – the Notes section.   Notes holds quite a bit of information, so simply put the miscellaneous information you need to communicate, in there.
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    What Other Types of Information Should I Put In My ICE Contact? 

    A list of Allergies, the Medications you’re currently taking, Names and Phone Numbers of your Healthcare Providers and contact information for your Insurance Company.  Just make sure you don’t put any member numbers, social security numbers or financial information in your phone.    Or, let’s say that two or three lines of Current Medications and Allergies isn’t enough.  Then why not create a medical history form for yourself and every member of the family, put it in a password protected online folder, and place the link to it in the Notes section of your ICE Contact.  This way a doctor can access your, your spouse’s or your kid’s basic medical history, while you’re en route to the hospital. 
    If you don’t have your own Medical History Form, go ahead and download ours.  Just right click on the link and save it to your desktop.  And while you’re at it, you can put medical treatment release forms for your children in the folder as well, and place the links to those forms in their ICE contacts.  You can also put in links to a full list of contacts or emergency numbers, or links to your family’s evacuation plan and gathering locations, so that every member of your family always has all the information they need, right at their fingertips.

    Let’s Make Sure No One Misses It!

    Make your ICE contacts stand out by using the Add Photo function to upload a graphic like the ones on this page. You can make your own, or download ours free.  Click Here to visit our Free Resources page to choose your graphics.  Then choose Save Target As, to add them to your desktop.  Save the graphic to the photos on your phone.  Open your ICE Contact, Touch the little photo icon, Choose Image, pick the graphic you want and Save.
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    What About The Rest of The Family?

    Every family has one person who keeps everyone else organized.  And since you’re reading this post, something tells me it’s probably you!  If that’s the case, it’s up to you to ensure every member of your household not only has ICE Contacts set up on his or her phone, but that everyone’s phone contains all of the contact information for every other family member.  That way you’ll be able to get in touch with each other as quickly as possible in an emergency.  And don’t forget that you can always put an ICE Contact in your family’s iPod Touch or MP3 devices as well.  Just because you don’t have a phone with you while you’re running doesn’t mean you can’t stay safe!

    What If Your Phone Is Password Locked?

    I know what you’re thinking.   ICE contacts are great – as long as emergency personnel can actually SEE my ICE information.  But what if you lock your Galaxy with a password?  Believe it or not, in many cities emergency workers aren’t allowed to break into a password protected mobile phone, even in an emergency.   Which means that having an ICE contact on a password protected phone is useless, right?   Wrong! As long as you set up your lock screen and your ICE contact correctly, all an emergency worker has to do is glance at your locked screen to find your ICE Contact.  Here are two different ways to set it up, depending on the model Galaxy you have. Most Samsung Galaxies have an Emergency Dialer on the Home Screen.  Simply set up your ICE contacts and then press and hold your first ICE contact until the menu appears, then add it to the ICE Emergency Contact Group.  Now it will appear on your Emergency Dialer. 
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    If your Galaxy doesn’t have this feature, but you normally password lock your phone, all you have to do is add your ICE information directly to your Lock Screen
    Here’s how you do it: Go into Settings and touch My Device and then Lock Screen.  Then touch Lock Screen Widgets.  Now on the very bottom of the menu you’ll see Owner Information.  Touch that and a window will appear.  Simply type in “ICE CONTACT” along with your contact’s name, phone number, your allergy or medical information – anything you would need an emergency room to know about you.   Then Check the Box and Choose Okay
    How To Set Up An ICE Contact On Your Samsung Galaxy Phone | You'll find this and other quick and easy life hacks and organization hacks at https://rnn10.wordpress.com Now your ICE information will appear right on your Lock Screen, no password needed.  Problem solved!

    Turn Your Phone Into A Mobile Command Center

    While you’re at it, you can even turn your phone into a Mobile Command Center.  Just store copies of your family’s medical history forms, emergency action plans, checklists and Evacuation Plan, right on your phone and those of each member of your immediate family.  And while you have them, don’t forget to put ICE Contacts on their phones as well, including along with each other’s contact information.   That way you can all get in touch with each other quickly in an emergency.  Would you like to download these instructions for later?  No problem, just click here to download the PDF version.  Do yourself a favor.  Take five minutes right now to set up your family’s ICE contacts.  That way your family will have all the information they need to stay safe and secure, no matter what the situation. 

    Have Fun Getting Your Stuff Together! We’ll talk later…

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    How To Keep Your Medical History At Your Fingertips

    As we found out the hard way, some hospitals don’t make calling your next of kin their priority. 

    Here’s what to do to keep YOUR family safe.

    When a patient is brought in the emergency room unconscious, aside from obvious injuries, the doctors caring for him basically have no information about their patient.  They have no idea what he might be allergic to, what medications he’s taking or the surgery he had the month before. Elaine Sullivan was an active seventy-one year old living on her own in Chicago.  One day while getting ready to take a bath, she slipped and fell, striking her head and mouth on the side of the tub.  Her neighbors realized they hadn’t seen her all day and called the paramedics, who went in and found her, conscious, but unable to speak.
    Elaine had previously been a patient at the hospital she was taken to, she had private insurance, Medicare and everything she needed.  Or so she thought.  Even though she was stable, injuries to her mouth made her unable to speak or swallow, so she was unable to speak for herself.  Over the next few days, after a series of serious medical errors and a critical drug interaction, her condition worsened.

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    Elaine Sullivan was my grandma.  Despite the fact that the hospital had my mother’s and my contact information for our home in Los Angeles, the hospital neglected to call us for 6 1/2 days.  By the time they did, Grandma was in critical condition from a lack of the most basic care.  By the time we found out she’d been hospitalized, we were unable to get to her bedside before she died, unnecessarily and alone.
    As we found out the hard way, some hospitals don’t make calling your next of kin their priority.
    Even though most hospitals try to find an unconscious patient’s emergency contacts and notify their families in a reasonable amount of time, hospitals can sometimes become so busy or are so understaffed that they don’t make that call as quickly as they should.
    We later found that one of the main factors that caused Grandma’s death was the fact that the doctors treating her didn’t have her medical or prescription drug history at their fingertips.
    But the lesson we want to point out is, how critical communicating a person’s vital medical information can be.
    And recent natural disasters and terrorist attacks have only amplified the need to get a trauma victim’s identification, medical history and emergency contact information to the physician treating him as quickly as humanly possible.

    Your Emergency Medical Information 

    There’s nothing worse than having something on the tip of your tongue and not being able to remember it – except when the word you’re trying to remember is the name of a medication that the emergency room physician needs to save your daughter’s life.
    Emergencies can rattle the best of us, and the phone number or facts you know by heart are the very ones that will elude you when you need them most!
    You just can’t leave information that important up to your memory.  Let’s get it down on paper, where it belongs!

    Take Action! 

    1. What Information Am I Going To Need?

    Grab a pencil and paper and jot down the types of medical information you have for each member of the family.
    This includes your family’s medical history, medical information, names of everyone’s physicians, specialists, dentists, optometrists and other health care providers and current and past prescriptions.

    2. The Most Important Things Are…

    Close your eyes for a moment & imagine that you’re sitting in the ER with everyone in your house.  One by one, imagine that your spouse, each child or your parent has an injury, like a broken arm, or needs emergency surgery.   The doctor – someone who doesn’t know you or your family’s unique medical or emotional needs – walks through the door.
    What does this doctor need to know about them?   Jot down all of the things that just went through your mind.  Old injuries, allergies, surgeries, anything you think is important.

    3. Locate and Gather All The Information You Have

    Using those notes and the list you completed in Step 1, locate and gather all of the medical information you have at home, along with your address book or contact information for physicians and the people you’ll be using for emergency contacts.

    4. Create Your Medical Information Forms

    Grab a copy of our Medical History Form, or if you have our newest book slash program Ready, there’s a copy in the back of the book.  Create one for each adult and child in your family, adding all of the information you’ve located.

    5. Choosing Your Emergency Contacts

    Choose and name at least 3 emergency contacts for each person, including yourself.
    • Main Emergency Contact:  If you are married, include your spouse on your form and yourself on your spouse’s form.  For your children, this would be you and your spouse.
    • 2nd Contact: should be a nearby relative or good friend who you would trust enough to make informed choices on your behalf, if necessary.
    • 3rd Contact: should be an out of town/out of state relative or friend.

    6. Anything Else To Add?

    Is there any other information you need, to deal with a medical emergency while evacuated or away from home?  If so, scan or make copies of that information and place it in the same folder as your completed medical history forms.
    And while you’re at it, don’t forget to put ICE (In Case Of Emergency) Contacts in your and your family’s smartphones along with a copy or link to your medical history forms.  That way if you ever need quick access to a family member’s medical history you’ll have it right at your fingertips.  Need instructions on ICE Contacts?  Click here to read the blog post.

    7. Now For Safekeeping…

    Print, scan or make three copies of the form you just completed, along with the documents or other materials you need and store them in at least three secure, damage-proof locations.   That way if one or two of the locations are inaccessible, you’ll still be able to grab the information you need.
    If you’ve decided to print out your forms and medical documents on paper, you can place them:
    • In a safe deposit box or water/fireproof safe in your own city.
    • In your watertight Plastic Evacuation Bin.  Only place the documents that you actually need in this bin.  If you’ll also have access to copies of your vital documents in your safe deposit box, then don’t take anything with you that you would worry about if it were lost.
    • With your emergency contacts or with relatives in the city where you’ll be evacuating.
    • In your file cabinet at work/office.  If your spouse, child or relative is injured while you’re at work, you can grab the medical information from your files and take it to the emergency room.
    If your forms and medical documents are on your computer, you can:
    • Save the forms to your smartphone so that if a member of your family is ever rushed to the emergency room, you can send the form directly to the emergency physician, so that they’ll have a medical history immediately, before you even arrive at the hospital.
    • Place the forms and documents on a password-protected online file repository or even the file directory of your family’s personal web site.  This way if you need a copy of your information or forms quickly, you can retrieve them from any computer or send a link to the forms to the hospital, from your iPhone or smartphone.
    • Save them to a password-protected flash drive or portable hard drive, and take them with you during evacuation on a key ring or in your evacuation bin.
    • Place the password-protected flash drive or portable hard drive, in a safe deposit box or water/fireproof safe in your own city.
    • Place the password-protected flash drive or portable hard drive, in a safe deposit box, water/fireproof safe, or with relatives in the city where you’ll be evacuating.
    How To Keep Your Medical History At Your Fingertips | You'll find this and other quick and easy life hacks and organization hacks at https://rnn10.wordpress.comIf you’d like to download a copy of How To Keep Your Medical History At Your Fingertips, click here.  One important note:  DO NOT put your or your family’s social security numbers in your list of vital information or in online files or folders, no matter how secure they are.  If you have to have those numbers with you (and haven’t memorized them), copy or scan the originals and place them in a secure safe deposit box instead.
    Have Fun Getting Your Stuff Together!    We’ll talk later…
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    How To Save Your Home Movies And Videos

    Did You Know That Your Home Movies Have An Expiration Date? 

    Those old graduation films, your wedding video, your baby’s first steps.  All of those old videos, whether video, beta, mini DV or Super 8 – have a shelf life and it’s not as long as you think.  
    Just ask HGTV’s Lisa LaPorta.  When we interviewed her for our book Get Your Stuff Together, she told me about the day she slid her beloved high school videos into the video player and they were absolutely gone.  Not just beige, or a little hard to hear, but completely and absolutely degraded to the point where those movies could no longer be watched.

    How do you keep the same thing from happening to your movies and videos?  Glad you asked…

    Before we start backing up your current movies and videos, here are a few tips on safeguarding all the videos you’ll be taking in the future.
    Do you regularly take videos with your iPhone or Smartphone? 
    If you do, how often do you download them to your computer for printing or safekeeping?  Everyone should get into the habit of downloading their new pictures and videos every few days.  Dropbox is a great tool for this.  It’s a free application/web based file box that syncs up the photos and documents on your smartphone or tablet with your computer.   All you have to do is set up and download their app on your phone, tablet or iPod Touch.  Then save your new photos to your Dropbox folder and they’ll be waiting for you at home on your computer.   In fact most of the newer generation Wi-Fi video cameras, or cameras with an Eye-Fi smart memory card do the same thing.

    The Truth About Videos…

    Videos just aren’t like other keepsakes.  With photos, MP3s or even important documents, we can just throw them onto a computer or a portable hard drive and back them up or take them with us in an emergency.  The videos that we’ve taken the last five or ten years with a digital video camera are easy to archive.  But the videos that we treasure the most are usually on videocassettes or worse, 8mm film.  Try taking those with you in an evacuation!   If those one-of-a-kind family movies on video cassette are destroyed, they’re gone forever.

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    And that’s not the only problem. 
    With JVC, Sony, Panasonic and other video cameras and smartphones as inexpensive and easy to use as they are today, chances are that you have more videos of you, your family and friends, and the special moments of your life than ever before. 
    But if you’re like most people, all of those videos are sitting on your computer, in a bunch of different places.  Or worse, you have 10 or 20 of them sitting on your video camera, just waiting to be accidentally overwritten.  Whether digital, on videocassette or film, all it takes is one fire, flood, fried hard drive, or hacked You Tube account and all of those memories are gone, along with a huge piece of your family’s history.
    One other thing that you need to think about is the fact that videos and even film don’t last forever.  The latest statistic is that videos degrade in just eight or ten years.  And by degrade, I don’t mean that they get a little faded.  Videos lose their sound and can become garbled to the point that you can’t even watch them anymore.  Not what you want when you pop in that wedding video or the tape of your baby’s first steps.
    Film, like Super 8 or 8mm reels, lasts longer (30 to 50 years), but it’s much harder to watch unless you have a projector and is harder to transfer to DVD for safekeeping.  But don’t worry, we’ve got some great tips on easy ways to preserve both film and video in the Take Action steps below.
    Your goal for this section is to make all of your treasured videos and films completely accessible to you during a disaster, emergency evacuation, computer or Internet meltdown.
    Just follow the steps below to locate all of your important videos, copy them and store them in at least three secure, damage-proof locations.

    Take Action! 

    1. You Can’t Archive Them If You Can’t Find Them…

    Grab a pencil and paper and jot down the types of videos you want to secure, their format (digital file/format, standard video cassette, DVD or special sized video cassette) and their current location.
    Using the list you just compiled, locate and gather all of the videos that you want to secure and set them aside for a moment.

    2. Any Videos Lurking On Your Hard Drive?

    Do you have any home videos on your computer?
    Yes?  Then let’s start with them.  And while you’re at it, grab your video camera  and cell phone so you can download any videos that are still there.
    • Create one new folder on your computer desktop and name it Backup Videos (dd/mm/yy) with today’s date.
    • Locate all of the digital videos that you want to keep safe.  Leave the original files where they are on your computer, copying each one into  the new Backup folder.
    • Instead of taking the time to choose which videos you want to keep safe and which you don’t really care about, it’s much easier just to copy them all for right now and back them all up.  Then  some time when you have nothing better to do, you can come back and sort through them.

    3. Now for the Super 8 & Videocassettes

    Now it’s time to deal with your 8mm or Super 8 films and video cassettes. Take a few moments to gather them and separate them into two different piles.
    In Pile 1, place any videos that you want to copy and save in a digital format.
    In Pile 2, place videos that you:
    • Already have in digital format and could easily recopy if the one you’re holding were harmed or destroyed.
    • Have numerous other copies of the video in other locations.  (Check to make sure that this is actually so before you decide not to copy them)
    • Simply don’t care enough about to keep it disaster safe.
    • Go ahead and put the videos in the second pile back where you found them.

    4. The Best Way To Copy Videocassettes

    The only way to archive your films and videos is to copy or transfer them into a digital format and save them to your computer or onto a DVD.  There are a few great ways to do this yourself or you can have a professional do it.
    If your movies are on videocassette , ION makes a great little device called a Video 2 PC Analog To Digital USB Video Converter for your PC or Mac.  It’s a small device — you plug one end into your computer and the other end into your VCR and it saves your videos in digital format on your computer.

    5. What About My Super 8 Movies?

    If you have reels of 8mm &Super 8 films lying around, you’ll need to have them transferred to digital format professionally.
    There’s a wonderful company called iMemories that helped us digitize our  movies.  They’ll even send you a safe ship kit equipped with a GPS locator to pinpoint your movies’ exact location, every step of the way.  And they do an incredible job of transferring film, videotapes, audio files and photos .  The best part is that once they’re completed, you can share them with your friends and relatives in your own private online theater.

    6.  Where and how you decide to secure and store your videos is up to you.  But here are a few ideas:

    Once your videos are digital, you can place them:
    • On a portable hard drive or on a DVD, and take them with you during evacuation on a key ring or in your plastic evacuation bin.
    • On a flash drive or portable hard drive, in a safe deposit box or water/fireproof safe in your own city.
    • On a flash drive or portable hard drive, in a safe deposit box, water/fireproof safe, or with relatives in the city where you’ll be evacuating.
    • In a password-protected online file repository or on the file directory of your family’s personal web site.  This way you can retrieve them from any Internet-enabled computer.
    • Upload them to your iMemories account.  This way they’re not only safe, but you can share with family and friends.
    • On You Tube or another internet video site.  This is great place to save an extra copy of your videos. Just be sure to uncheck the public viewing option or password protect the videos for your and your family’s eyes only.  But this really shouldn’t be a long term solution, or your only solution.  As much as we all love Internet sharing sites, you actually have no control over them.  If the company were to go out of business, or if their servers were to crash, you could lose all of your data without any warning.
    If you would like to download these instructions for later, click here to save the PDF Version to your computer.
    Have Fun Getting Your Stuff Together! We’ll talk later…
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    Keep The Stuff You Love Safe

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    How To Fill Out Your Child’s Emergency Contact Card

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    How To Archive Your Print Photos

    How To Archive Your Printed Photos | You'll find this and other quick and easy life hacks and organization hacks at https://rnn10.wordpress.com. I don’t know about you, but the worst part about watching coverage of Hurricane Harvey, Irma and the California Wildfires, is the look on victim’s faces as they pick through the rubble of their homes, trying to find a keepsake.  Even a photo of their wedding or of their children, can mean the difference between being with or without their cherished memories.  What a horrible thing it would be to be left without the pictures you treasure the most, especially when keeping them safe and sound no matter what the disaster is so easy. 
    Have you been through the family photo album lately? 
    What shape are your pictures in?  Are they sparkling and colorful or faded and lifeless.  Have you taken the time to scan them so they’re backed up and secure or is the print you’re holding, the only one of its kind?
    One thing that makes photos harder to archive than other keepsakes is the simple fact that we get so used to seeing our favorite photos hanging around the house, that we don’t always think to take them off the wall and scan them for safekeeping.  
    The good news is that with the advent of portable wand scanners, you can see your favorite family photos any time you want.  The bad news is, you may have to peel them out of Aunt Sadie’s clutches to use it!  
    But, not to worry.  We have some fabulous tips and tools that will give you access to all of your favorite pictures and get them easily and painlessly archived for all the members of your family, including dear Aunt Sadie.
    As you know, there are two types of photos, digital and print.  In this post we’ll be dealing with prints – basically anything that is a physical photo, whether it’s in a frame, in an album or lurking in the back of a kitchen or desk drawer.  In order to archive those photos, you’ll need to scan them and get them into a digital format so that they can be put on a computer or portable hard drive.
    In a few moments we’ll ask you to locate all of your physical photos.  Don’t forget to look for all your albums, photos in drawers or files and those hanging in frames on the walls or sitting on your bookshelf.   Then you’ll decide which of those photos you want to archive for safekeeping.  After that, we’ll get them scanned.
    If you have a lot of photos around the house, you’ll probably need some help dealing with all of your pictures.  Why not declare one day “scanning day”.  Invite a bunch of good friends over to help, and if you have as much fun as we think you will, next time have them bring over their own photos to scan.  Do you have kids?  That’s even better – they’ll have a great time helping.

    Take Action! 

    1. Photos, Oh Photos…  Where Are You?

    First, locate and gather all of your physical photos.
    Don’t forget to look for all your albums, photos in drawers or files and those hanging in frames on the walls or sitting on your bookshelf.   Then you’ll decide which of those photos you want to archive for safekeeping.

    2. Which Ones Do I Scan?

    Although all of your photos are important, some mean more to you than others.  Separate your photos into two different piles.
    In Pile  1, place photos that you want to copy and save in a digital format, for safekeeping.
    In Pile  2, place photos that you:
    •Already have in digital format and could easily recopy if the one you’re holding was harmed or destroyed.
    •Have numerous  copies of in other locations.  Check to make sure that this is actually true, before you decide not to scan them.
    •Simply don’t care enough about to keep it disaster safe.
    You can go ahead and put the photos in the second pile back where you found them.

    3. Scan Away!

    Scan all of the photos in Pile 1 saving them to your computer, as you scan.  If you have a lot of photos, get the kids involved or throw a scanning party for your relatives, and let them help you scan, then give them a copy of the photos they want to take home with them.
    If you already have digital photos on your computer, save these scanned photos to a new folder within your photos folder.  For example, ScannedPrintPhotos, so you’ll know at a glance which photos are the ones you scanned.

    4. Make Sure You Back Up ALL Your Photos To At Least 3 Locations

    Once you have finished scanning, copy that folder containing all of your photos — the digital ones and the ones you just scanned and save it with a different name, like Photo Archive Backup, with today’s date.   Place a copy of your backup folder in at least three different locations.  Here are a few suggestions of safe places to store them:
    •On a flash drive or portable hard drive, and take them with you during evacuation on a key ring or in your plastic evacuation bin.
    •On a flash drive or portable hard drive, in a safe deposit box or water/fireproof safe in your own city.
    •On a flash drive or portable hard drive, in a safe deposit box, water/fireproof safe, or with relatives in the city where you’ll be evacuating.
    •In a password-protected online file repository like OneDrive, iCloud or Dropbox, or on the file directory of your personal web site.  This way, you can retrieve them from any Internet-enabled computer.
    •You can also save an extra copy of your photos on Flickr or another internet photo service.  But this really shouldn’t be your long-term solution or only solution, since you have no control over these sites and could lose all of your data without any warning.
    •If you really want to keep photos on a secure site that you can share with your family, try iMemories.com.  Not only do they have great servers with outstanding redundant backup capability, but they can even put your photos on DVD for you, providing an extra layer of safety.
    If you need more help scanning your photos — or if you have delicate or color challenged photos that need a bit more attention, here are a few tips.

    How To Scan Your Photos

    There are several great ways to scan your photos.  Just to clarify, a scanner is different than a copy machine, because a scanner makes an exact digital copy of a photo.  It’s a world of difference from a photo copy, which is usually pretty bad.  In many cases a scan of a photo is better than the original.  And the nice thing about them is that once you scan a photo, you can save it onto your computer, share it with family and friends or use photo software to correct faded color, repair damage or otherwise restore old photographs.
    Most printers available now are three or four in one printers, that scan as well as print.  You can also scan your photos with a dedicated flatbed scanner (all it does is scan).
    Or you can scan your photos with a portable wand scanner, as we mentioned earlier.  Portable wand scanners, like the VuPoint Magic Wand Scanner, have come a long way.  They run on batteries or are rechargeable and save anything you scan onto an SD card.  From there, you can download the scans/photos directly to your computer, via a USB cord, or you can pop the SD card out of the scanner and pop it into your computer to archive your scans.
    The best part about having a portable wand scanner is that you can scan photos, documents, even things like marriage certificates or historical documents by swiping the scanner over it, instead of having to take all of those documents home and putting them, one at a time, through your scanner.  It’s especially good, like we said, for scanning photos at relative’s homes.  If they don’t want the photo leaving the house, just take the scanner over and scan the photos you want.   Amazingly, if you’re dealing with a fragile photo, you can even scan it right in the frame.  Or if you have delicate photos in a photo album – have you ever tried to peel photos out of an album without damaging them – you can simply open the book and sweep the scanner over the page.  Then all you have to do is open the scanned page and crop the photos apart, saving each one as a separate photo.  Photos archived, originals safeguarded!
    One other method of scanning that we wanted to mention is the Kodak Personal Scanner.  It’s a bit different than the others, because you can feed photos into it and it scans them as they pass through an inch thick scanning bed.  The interesting part is that it comes with an attachment that feeds negatives and slides into the scanner and – are you ready for this – actually makes a digital copy of the photo, just as if you had taken it to the photo processor.  We actually had some slides that someone had given us, and since we never used slides, we didn’t have the equipment to look at them.  With the Kodak Scanner, all we did was feed the slide into the scanner and suddenly we had full color, beautiful photos from the sixties, that looked like they were processed yesterday.  Absolutely amazing!
    If you don’t have access to a scanner, then have a relative or friend scan them for you.  Scanning is by far the cheapest and most effective way of safeguarding your important photos.  If you can’t get them scanned, go to a copy shop like Fed Ex-Kinko’s and have copies made of all your photos, using non-acid paper.  This will ensure that they will last longer and will fade less as they age.
    Now that you know what you’re doing, scan all the loose prints that you want to preserve.  The higher the dpi the better the quality, so use 300 or 600 on your oldest, most treasured photos.  Then save the scans to your computer to back them up.
    Once you have all of your photos or documents scanned and saved, look through and find any that are damaged, faded or yellowed and see if you can edit them to get them into better shape.  
    A lot of people run right for their favorite photo software programs — like Adobe Photoshop Elements. Adobe is definitely one of the best and we’ve used it on our own photos with great results. But the problem is, there are so many tools within it to fix your photos, that it can be a little difficult, not to mention daunting, to use.   One day, Mom and I had had it, trying to get the results we wanted on some of our pictures that needed a lot of color correction.  So we began to look for a way to get the correction we wanted in the same few steps (and I mean FEW), whether the pictures were simply faded or way out of whack.
    I’m happy to say we found it.  Or rather created it!  We found five steps that work to color correct nearly any photo of any age, using Photoshop Elements and put them into our book Photo Finish.  It’s downloadable for a limited time.  Below is one of the photos that we edited using those five steps. That’s me at Disneyland when I was about four.  If you have a lot of pictures from the fifties to the eighties that have turned strange shades, download a free copy of our book.  
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    If you don’t have the time, energy or inclination to fix your photos yourself, we’ve found one scanner that stands out among all the others in the marketplace, for color correction. It’s the Epson Perfection line of scanners, with Epson’s Easy Photo Fix software.   Do you have any of those photos from the seventies and eighties that ended up a muddled brown-orange mess?   All you have to do is use the Auto Fix setting on the scanner and then scan your seventies photos.  The scanner corrects the color while it scans.  Truly amazing!  
    If you’d like a copy of the instructions in this post, click here to download the PDF Version to your computer.
    Have Fun Getting Your Stuff Together! We’ll talk later…
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    How To Preserve Your Family History
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    How to Get Ready For A Flood
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    How To Get Ready For A Hurricane

    How To Get Ready For A Hurricane | You'll find this and other quick and easy life hacks and organization hacks at https://rnn10.wordpress.com.

    Nothing is more unpredictable than a hurricane.

    As Hurricane Isaac made landfall on the New Orleans coastline as a category 1 storm, residents couldn’t help remembering another storm just a few short years earlier that took the lives of at least 1,836 people and changed the lives of tens of thousands more.  
    But even with a category 1 storm like Isaac, lives can change. 
    Just ask the residents that didn’t think that Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Irma were going to be as big a deal as Superstorm Sandy or Hurricane Katrina and decided not to evacuate. 
    People who thought that their homes would be okay, ended up having to grab whatever they could — not necessarily what they would need – and evacuate with just a few minute’s notice.
    It certainly proves one thing — you just can’t count on history or predictions, to help you decide what’s right for yourself, your property or your family.

    So what’s the best way to prepare for a hurricane?

    It’s a good lesson for us all.  Even though you might not technically live in a disaster zone or directly in the way of an approaching hurricane or wildfire, it doesn’t hurt to have the things that are important to you, ready to go. As we tell our customers (and practice ourselves), you have to keep your vital information, documents and keepsakes backed up to at least three different locations and your emergency bin packed ready to go at a moment’s notice.  That way if you suddenly have to evacuate, those things will already be taken care of.  It’s just one more thing you won’t have to worry about doing at the last minute or doing without, later.
    The best thing about a hurricane — at least as opposed to earthquakes and tornadoes — is that you usually get a few days notice that they’re coming.  Like our friends in New Orleans and Tampa, Hurricane Isaac was predicted giving some residents time to gather up their belongings and evacuate.  But of course Isaac turned the opposite direction striking areas that weren’t originally expected.  One important take-away from these disasters is the importance of staying aware and using evacuation warnings to get your own stuff together even if the homes on your particular street aren’t in immediate danger.   Heed warnings when they are given!  Stubbornly staying behind because residents think they can “handle it” has gotten thousands of people killed.  Another lesson is to always purchase flood insurance.
    So how do you prepare for a hurricane? As we tell our readers, we always follow the Three Step Approach.

    Step One

    Make sure that you have your disaster survival gear and know how to secure your home and personal safety when a hurricane strikes.

    Step Two

    Make sure that you’re able to grab everything you need – necessities, keepsakes, vital information – and leave for a safer location, in less than ten minutes. It’s a lot easier than it sounds. All you need is to do is to take the necessary steps now, to ensure you have access to all the items and information that will help you get back to living your normal life, as quickly and easily as possible. You’ll also want to make sure that the things that are most vital to you — your important papers, financial and insurance information, treasured photos, videos and music and scannable keepsakes are backed up onto a portable hard drive and stored in a safe deposit box or safe, in the town where you will go during evacuation. That way it will be safe, sound and waiting for you when you arrive.

    Step Three

    Make sure that you have a pre-written plan of what you’ll do and where you’ll go when a disaster strikes, including a plan for how you’ll get back to your normal life, once the disaster is over.
    If you live in hurricane country, you absolutely need an Evacuation Plan and a Get Back To Life PlanIf you don’t know the evacuation routes in your area, call your local fire department for this information way before hurricane season.  And while you’re at it, make sure you also ask them where the emergency shelters are in your area in case  you suddenly need one.  You always need to know where you’re going and what you and your family would do if your area becomes uninhabitable.   If necessary make a plan with other relatives or neighbors to evacuate together and share transportation and costs.
    Even if your home is safe from rising flood waters and away from the areas predicted to feel the heaviest impact of the storm, your neighborhood and city might still without power or basic city services for a few days — or a few weeks.  Just as survivors of Hurricane Isaac and Hurricane Katrina!  Telephone and/or cell service may also be down.   Not only does that mean you won’t have light, but you also won’t have power for computers or televisions and radios. Grocery and drug stores won’t be able to ring up purchases, ATMs won’t work, garage door openers might not function. Name any tool or convenience we rely on in this world and chances are it’s powered by electricity.
    So if your hurricane plan is to shelter-in-place make sure that you always have an alternative source of power, battery powered flashlights, extra cash, a supply of canned or frozen food that doesn’t need to be cooked to be eaten, and the all-important supply of water – enough to last you and everyone in your family for three days. Since your home or neighborhood might have significant damage, keep rubber-soled shoes, a warm jacket and other emergency gear within reach of your bed or right inside your closet. Rubber soled shoes will protect your feet from the broken glass, turbid water and rocks that will probably be strewn everywhere.  
    We aren’t going to get into the details of how to turn off your gas, when to boil water or a list of items to have on hand for a hurricane, because there are literally hundreds of sources for that information, including a few of our favorite guides and videos listed below:
    Hurricane Guide       Hurricane Checklist       Hurricane? Be Prepared, Plan Now Video   Hurricane Video by Weather Channel’s Bryan Cross
    You should also create or update your evacuation checklist, detailing the items that you and your family would need if you were unable to live in your home for three or more days. This includes all of your necessities, prescriptions, vital documents (or access to them on portable hard drives, online or in out of area safe deposit boxes), keepsakes, personal and professional contacts, ID and basic medical history and anything else that your family will need while evacuated.

    We want you to think about something.

    Think about the coverage of the last few hurricanes and floods you saw on CNN.   Like Hurricane Sandy for example.  Remember the faces of the people in the midst of the storm?
    They looked shell-shocked, terrified, lost. Most of those people, were at least moderately prepared for a disaster. Those in earthquake country most likely had stockpiled some food and water, those in hurricane country might even have evacuated and done everything their local news and emergency authorities told them to do. And yet, after the disaster, they were standing there, scared and helpless, because their homes, the people they loved, and basically their entire lives have been destroyed to the point that their own existence was now unrecognizable. All of those people, rich and poor, young and old — they all had one thing in common. They had NO idea where to go and what to do from here.
    And THAT – knowing what to do and where to go after the disaster, is step three.  The most important step of all.
    Facing a disaster without giving yourself a plan to recover from it, is like trying to build a house with no blueprint and no tools!
    Having two plans can make all the difference in getting you through those first few days and weeks after a disaster strikes.
    What are the plans?  They are the Family Evacuation Plan and the Get Back To Life Plan — the same plans that we’ve built into our newest book Ready.  
    The evacuation plan is pretty simple. It all comes from one question… If you were at home or at work and suddenly had to evacuate your home, or your general area, where would you go?
    As you think about the locations you’ll use for your evacuation, consider, the people traveling with you, how you’ll get there (car, bus, plane), any pets traveling with you and whether those locations will actually work for you – for instance are they close to stores or services your family might need, like pharmacies, clothing, banks and doctors.
    We suggest that people have three different locations in mind, to give you different types of locations and choices depending on the circumstances. As you create your plan, write everything down in detail. If you have to use this plan, you and the people you love are probably going to be in panic mode and following an easy to understand plan, will help calm and focus you.
    Write down the people who will be traveling with you, and any special instructions you’ll need to gather everyone together, in case a disaster or emergency occurs while you’re all away from home. Name the location that you and your family will use to meet up with each other and the location you will be evacuating to, if you cannot live in your home, but your immediate area is still safe. Include the address of the location, contact phone, email address and directions.

    Location, Location

    Next choose a location (writing down the details, address and contact information) that your family will use if you not only need to evacuate your home, but your immediate area or city. This might happen during a moderate hurricane or a tornado. Your third location is out of state, for a serious, widely destructive emergency like the Mexico Earthquake, Hurricane Irma or Maria, the California Wildfires, or other disaster that will make your entire region uninhabitable.
    You will also include these locations on your emergency wallet card and your family’s wallet cards. Now, no matter what the disaster, even a fire or local emergency, you and your family will now know where and how to gather, and who will be responsible for what, so you can quickly reunite and travel on to your emergency location together. If you like, you can also give a card to the person you chose to be your out-of-area contact as well.
    Will you have any pets traveling with you? Be sure to fill out the pet section, so that you will have all the information you need for them, like the name and numbers for the veterinarian, their licenses, and names/numbers of kennels in the location you are evacuating to and any prescriptions or special instructions you’ll need until you return home.

    Your Get Back To Life Plan

    The worst part of any disaster, short of losing a loved one, is the possibility that the home you love and care for and everything in it would be damaged beyond repair. That is what your Get Back To Life Plan is all about.
    Imagine that you and your family have survived the hurricane, but had to leave your area because it is uninhabitable.
    You’re in your evacuation location a week after the waters subside. The phone rings. It’s a good friend of yours, who has just toured your neighborhood and is calling to tell you that your home is badly damaged and he doubts that you will be able to live in it for several months, if ever again.
    After you and your family hold each other for a while and talk, you finally feel strong enough to open your Backup Plan Notebook. There you find your Get Back To Life Plan and begin making calls to your insurance agent, your contractor and your boss. You call the local real estate agent in your evacuation city and ask her to begin looking for temporary housing, register your children in the local school, and begin calling the contacts you need (that you jotted down just in case), to help you settle in. Getting settled is easier than you thought, since you have copies of all of the vital documents you need, like your birth certificates and property deeds in a safe deposit box at the local bank. It takes some time, but with hard work and a lot of courage, you and your family are back to living in a matter of weeks.
    Now imagine the same scenario, the same phone call, holding your family, talking and then realizing that you have no plan and no clue how to get back to living your life. It’s CNN coverage all over again. The best part of this little scenario is that it hasn’t happened to you and that you have time right now, to make sure no matter what ever occurs in your area, you and your family will be prepared.
    If you don’t have a copy of our Get Back To Life Plan yet, just download it here.  
    Take a few minutes to think about the following questions:
    • How will we handle our bank accounts, paying our monthly bills and receiving our paychecks?   How much emergency cash do we need to have, while traveling?
    • What are our credit card limits and toll free numbers for emergency increases?
    • How will we work? Will we work remotely or have to look for new positions? What people or  contacts can we call about temporary or permanent jobs?
    • How will we handle our medical, dental and prescription needs while in the new location? What doctors and dentists can we use while there?
    • How long can we stay in our evacuation location? If we need to remain evacuated longer,  where will we go/stay? Who will our real estate contacts be, if we need to find new permanent or temporary housing?
    • How are we going to secure the property or vehicles we had to leave behind?
    • How will we take care of our pets, during the evacuation and until we find new permanent housing?
    • How will we handle our transportation needs? What contacts will we need to purchase or lease vehicles?
    • How will we handle our daycare needs? How will we handle getting our children into school if necessary? What schools or contacts will we need, to enroll them in a new school in a temporary or new location?
    • How will we handle any special needs in our family?
    Once you’ve answered the questions, get your family together to work out any potential problems you have uncovered and then draft your plan. And don’t forget to compile a list of real estate agents, financial contacts and jobs, schools, doctors and other professionals or information that you might need to establish yourself in the new city temporarily or permanently.
    Starting over is never easy, especially when it happens because of a disaster or other life changing emergency. But taking a few hours now to think through and draft a plan, will give you and your family the direction, information and support that you need, to get through not only the first hours and days after a disaster, but the first steps back to living the life you’ve worked so hard to build.

    Have Fun Getting Your Stuff Together!    We’ll talk later…

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    How To Save Your Home Movies And Videos
    How To Archive Your Digital Photos
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    How To Fill Out Your Child’s Emergency Contact Card

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    How To Set Up An ICE Contact On Your Samsung Galaxy Phone
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    How To Earthquake Proof Your Bedroom

    How To Earthquake Proof Your Bedroom | You'll find this and other quick and easy life hacks and organization hacks at https://rnn10.wordpress.com
    Even though Melanie grew up in Southern California, when the shock hit, she didn’t know what to do first.  And if you’ve ever gone through an earthquake you’ll know what she means.  Our first “real” shaker was the Whittier quake and it was so strong it had me pinned to the bed.  That’s why it’s so important to have the things you need at your fingertips, before the quake strikes.  Like the recent 4th of July Ridgecrest Earthquake for example.
    One of the reasons that earthquakes are so hard to prepare for is that they tend to happen very early in the morning.  Imagine being shaken out of a sound sleep, only to realize that your bed, your walls and your floor are all moving in opposite directions, while you try helplessly to remember the first item on your disaster checklist.
    Which is why Melanie was running around pulling thing after thing out of her closet yelling, “Where are my earthquake clothes!!!”
    Of course, a few minutes later she realized she didn’t even need to leave her house so her wardrobe ended up being a non-issue.  What she was really looking for was a way to regain a sense of control.  Her way of doing that just happened to be fashion!
    Which is why Melanie was running around pulling thing after thing out of her closet yelling, “WHERE ARE MY EARTHQUAKE CLOTHES???!!!”
    As longtime residents of Southern California we know how hard people work to get their offices, their homes and their garages ready for an earthquake.  Problem is, most earthquakes happen in the wee hours of the morning, which means that people don’t have their basic supplies where they need to be.   Their bedroom.
    So let’s take care of that right now.

    How To Earthquake Proof Your Bedroom

    There are two things to keep in mind while making your bedroom earthquake safe.    Safety and Communication

    Safety 

    Make your bedroom as safe as possible, during and after an earthquake, by storing earthquake and first aid supplies near your bed and anchoring items and furniture that might fall or break.

    Your Emergency Kit  

    First, get a sturdy metal or heavy plastic box to hold your basic emergency supplies.  Make sure that it closes well and is heavy enough to stay where you put it, even during intense shaking.  Put it directly under your bed, so that you can grab it easily without having to get out of the bed.
    In this box, place:
    A whistle, a very cool can opener that opens cans without leaving sharp edges, an extra charged cell phone battery, a few protein bars, a few bottles of water, a small flashlight, small emergency radio and a first aid kit.  The rest of your supplies – whatever you feel would be necessary for you and your family – can go into the closet beneath your earthquake clothes.
    Next to the box, place a pair of rubber-soled shoes for you and your spouse.  If you have kids, their shoes and a small flashlight should go under their beds.  The instant an earthquake wakes you – especially if it’s one that causes a lot of damage – put your shoes on before you get out of bed.  There might be broken glass or debris on the floor.  That goes double if you have to leave your home.  Outside you could encounter rocks, pieces of brick from chimneys or downed power lines.

    The Closet

    Choose a generic earthquake outfit.  If it’s cold out, jeans and a sweatshirt or warm sweater, plus a warm jacket and socks.  If it’s warmer, jeans, light layers and a light jacket and socks.  If you have to leave your home, you won’t necessarily get back in for hours or days.  Keep that outfit together at the end of your closet nearest to your bed, so you can grab the clothes and put them on without wasting time thinking about it.   This is no time for high fashion.
    Right below your earthquake clothes, place a small box with the rest of your earthquake supplies.   This should include a hand-crank or battery powered radio, a larger flashlight, extra batteries, a few more bottles of water, high calorie or high protein food that will stay fresh for a year, a small stash of cash and if you have one, a portable television.  Two other things to include are a small generator and a portable charger that will give you extra battery life for cell phones.  If anyone in your family needs eyeglasses or prescription drugs, throw those in as well.  If they need refrigerated insulin, consider buying a small portable refrigerator for your bedroom.   Even if the electricity goes out, the refrigerator would remain cold enough for a few hours, until you would be able to get help.   Then place a reminder on your calendar every few months, to recycle the perishable items in your kit with fresh items.

    Furniture

    Make sure all of the cabinets, pictures, mirrors, televisions and anything else breakable in your bedroom are anchored down, so they don’t turn into earthquake driven torpedoes that can harm you or your family.   Carol Burnett had a close call during the Northridge Quake when a television flew off her bookcase and landed on her bed. Thankfully that night she had trouble sleeping and switched to the other side of the bed.  The best thing we’ve found to anchor furniture without harming it are Quakehold straps, which blend right into your decor without looking obvious.
    Do you have breakable figurines, picture frames or glass keepsakes in bookcases or on dressers?  If so, anchor the bottom of the keepsake to the surface with Quakehold Museum Wax.  It holds items securely to a surface without harming either.  And if it’s in a bookcase, be sure to affix the keepsake to the back of the bookcase as well for extra safety.
    Move a heavy piece of furniture into your bedroom that you and your spouse can use for shelter during a quake.  A heavy table or a desk you can both fit under is ideal.

    Communication

    You should be able to easily connect with the world around you, while sheltered in your room.  Not only will you be able to take care of your basic needs, but it will calm you down until you can leave your room, your home or get back to sleep.
    After an earthquake, if the electricity is still on, turn on the TV or radio, so you’ll have a friendly voice there in the room with you and you won’t feel isolated or alone.  Besides true Angelenos always make bets on how big the earthquake was and never go back to bed until they hear Dr. Kate Hutton’s report on the preliminary magnitude from Cal Tech, so they can see who won the bet.
    Keep one cell phone in the room with you at night, where you can easily reach it.  And get into the habit of plugging it into the charger when you get home in the evening so it will always be ready to go whenever you need it.
    You’re probably wondering why we advised you to put a whistle in your emergency kit.  When the Northridge earthquake hit, many apartment residents were trapped in their bedrooms and had to be rescued.  A whistle can help you communicate your location to rescue teams.  That and a cell phone with GPS.  Both are probably a good idea.
    If you have a landline phone, keep it.  Cell phones are great, but the chances of cell towers being down after an earthquake are much more likely than phone lines being inoperable.  And even if they’re up and running, cell traffic, tweeting and data use can skyrocket after an earthquake, overwhelming the circuits.  Give yourself as many alternate ways of communicating as possible.  Preferably a mobile phone, smartphone, landline phone and a notebook, iPad, or tablet with Wi-Fi access.
    Don’t forget, that if you need to check on local friends or relatives, it’s usually easier to call long distance numbers, than local numbers after an earthquake.  It’s smart to appoint an out of town contact for all of your family members to check in with, until your communications within the quake zone return to normal.
    For more information on making your family earthquake-ready, check out this post.  And if you’re ready to take organizing to the next level, be sure to pick up a copy of our newest book slash program Ready.  
    Have Fun Getting Your Stuff Together!    We’ll talk later…
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    How To Save Your Home Movies And Videos
    How To Archive Your Digital Photos
    How To Archive Your Print Photos
    How To Make A Home Inventory
    How To Get Your Financial Life In Order
    How To Preserve Your Family History
    How To Back Up Your Facebook Friends List
    Turn Your Smartphone Into A Mobile Command Center
    How To Backup Your Music, MP3s And Vinyl Albums
    How To Access Your Money No Matter Where You Are

    Keep The People You Love Safe

    How To Keep Your Medical History At Your Fingertips
    How To Create A Family Evacuation Plan
    How To Fill Out Your Child’s Emergency Contact Card

    How To Set Up Your ICE Contacts

    How To Set Up An ICE Contact On Your iPhone
    How To Set Up An ICE Contact On Your Samsung Galaxy Phone
    How To Set Up An ICE Contact On Your Android Smartphone
    How To Set Up Your Medical ID & ICE Contact On The iPhone 6
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    The Best Apps For Tornado Season
    How To Get Ready For A Hurricane
    How To Get Ready For A Wildfire
    How to Get Ready For A Flood
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    How To Make A Home Inventory

    How To Make A Home Inventory | You'll find this and other quick and easy life hacks and organization hacks at https://rnn10.wordpress.comClose your eyes for a moment.  
    Picture the room you’re sitting in, in your mind.
    Picture each item, focusing especially on the items that mean the most to you or have the most monetary value.  When you’re done open your eyes.   Did you miss anything?   If you’re like most people, no matter how certain you were that you remembered everything, you still missed a lot of things that you would want to replace. 
    And even if you did pretty well, do you know off the top of your head what items were still under warranty, what was insured and for how much?   In other words, if this hadn’t been an exercise, but an insurance agent or a police officer writing down a list of your valuables after a burglary or a hurricane, would you have been happy with the list you made?
    I didn’t think so. 
    Memory is a wonderful thing, but it can be affected by many factors, like stress, trauma and fatigue – exactly the things that happen during an emergency.  That’s why putting together a list of your treasured or valued objects while they’re sitting in your living room and still in great condition is a MUCH better idea.
    And while we’re at it, that reminds me of something else we all have to deal with.  I don’t know about you, but to us, it seems like there’s a new cellphone, computer, or gadget of some kind out in the stores every day.  
    Every time you decide to buy a new one, it comes with more cords and manuals than anyone has room to store.  And if you decided to spring for the protection plan too, that hits the mailbox a few days later.  With just a few new toys, you can easily end up with a folder full of paper.
    Who can keep up with that?
    YOU can!  And very easily, too.  In the Action Steps below, we’re going to create a Home Inventory.  Just go through the steps, and decide room by room what items to include.  In fact if you have kids or grandkids in the house, this is a great project for them.  Once you decide which items to include, send them off on a scavenger hunt, list in hand along with a digital and video camera and have them take photos of each item.  Then when they’re done, enter each item along with its information into our downloadable Home Inventory Form, and you’re done.  
    And if you want a copy of these instructions for later, just  Click here to download the PDF Version.

    Take Action  

    1. Download Our Home Inventory List

    Click here to grab a copy of our Home Inventory Form,  or if you already own our book Ready, you’ll find copies in the book and in the downloadable forms.

    2. Grab Your Cameras & A Pencil

    Go get your video camera, your digital camera, your list and a pencil and begin walking through each room of your home.  Start with the living room, usually home to the most expensive electronic equipment.

    3. Document All the Info You Can Find

    For each valued item, (electronics, furniture, cars, art, jewelry or any other items that would be expensive to replace or repair),  fill in a short description, the manufacturer, serial number and any other information you know about it.
    If you have a copy of your warranty information, or original purchase receipts for any of the valued items, note the information on them on the Home Inventory List, then put those documents on the side until Step 6.

    4. Your Chance To Play Spielberg

    As you stop at each item, take a digital photo of it, to show its current condition.  If the item is damaged in a disaster, you’ll have proof of the item’s original condition to give to the claims adjuster. It will also remind you what the item looked like, if it ever needs to be replaced

    5. Spielberg Revisited

    Once you’re finished with the room, grab your video camera and do a quick video tour.  At the beginning of the videotape, clearly state today’s date and the room you’re photographing.  And while you’re taping, be sure to show the general condition of the room as well as your valued items.

    6. Paperwork, paperwork

    Gather all of the warranties, protection plans, certificates of insurance, provenance papers and receipts that you have found, and put them in the same location.  It doesn’t matter whether it is a file folder or a section inside your safe.  Just make sure that every time you purchase a new item that comes with any of this paperwork, that you put it in the same place.

    7. Now for safekeeping…

    Print, scan or make three copies of the Home Inventory List, the walking tour photos, the video and the warranties, receipts and other documents that you located earlier and store them in at least three secure, damage-proof locations.   That way if one or two of the locations are inaccessible, you’ll still be able to grab the information you need.
    And that’s it!  Just follow the steps and you’re done.  No more having to remember every single thing in your house.  Just be sure to update your list every six months.  Or if you watch a lot of QVC or HSN, every four months…
    Want to download a copy of the instructions for later?  Click Here to download the PDF Version.
    Have Fun Getting Your Stuff Together!    We’ll talk later…
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    Keep The Stuff You Love Safe

    How To Save Your Treasured Voice Mail Messages
    How To Save Your Home Movies And Videos
    How To Archive Your Digital Photos
    How To Archive Your Print Photos
    How To Make A Home Inventory
    How To Get Your Financial Life In Order
    How To Preserve Your Family History
    How To Back Up Your Facebook Friends List
    Turn Your Smartphone Into A Mobile Command Center
    How To Backup Your Music, MP3s And Vinyl Albums
    How To Access Your Money No Matter Where You Are

    Keep The People You Love Safe

    How To Keep Your Medical History At Your Fingertips
    How To Create A Family Evacuation Plan
    How To Fill Out Your Child’s Emergency Contact Card

    How To Set Up Your ICE Contacts

    How To Set Up An ICE Contact On Your iPhone
    How To Set Up An ICE Contact On Your Samsung Galaxy Phone
    How To Set Up An ICE Contact On Your Android Smartphone
    How To Set Up Your Medical ID & ICE Contact On The iPhone 6
    How to put an ICE Contact on your Samsung Galaxy Lock Screen
    Can I Put An ICE Contact On A Password Protected iPhone?
    Cómo Colocar Un En Caso de Contacto de Emergencia En Su Teléfono Celular
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    Create An ICE Contact In 2 Minutes
    The Two Things You should NEVER put in your ICE Contact
    Don’t Carry A Wallet? Here are 20 Places To Put Your Emergency Wallet Card

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    How To Earthquake Proof Your Bedroom
    How To Get Ready For A Tornado
    How To Get Ready For A Tsunami
    The Best Apps For Tornado Season
    How To Get Ready For A Hurricane
    How To Get Ready For A Wildfire
    How to Get Ready For A Flood
    How To Get Ready For An Earthquake

    How To Fill Out Your Child’s Emergency Contact Card

    In the days after September 11th, two thousand, one hundred children were left stranded in daycare.

    Why?
    Because their parents didn’t fill out one of the fields on their daycare emergency contact cards.
     “Who should we contact if you are not able to pick up your child?”
    How could something so basic, strand two thousand children on one of the scariest days in American history?
    Fear
    The inability or refusal to take two minutes to think through what might happen, if they and their spouse were unable to reach their child.  The ridiculous thing is, it doesn’t even have to take a real emergency for this to happen.  You could be stuck on the freeway, or trapped in an airplane you were certain would arrive on time.

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    So take a few moments to think about it.  And please, please don’t just jot down the first name that pops into your head!
    Imagine that you have an accident or get in the middle of a transportation nightmare and you and your spouse are unable to pick up your child from school that afternoon.  Or for two or three days.  Who would you want taking care of him?
    You need someone who knows your child extremely well.  Someone who would be able to calm her down and would have the energy to care for her.  Someone who knows what she likes and dislikes.  And, in case of extreme emergency like September 11th, it would really help to have someone with the ability, brains and fortitude to help locate you or your spouse, if overburdened emergency personnel weren’t able to help.
    That’s the kind of thought you need to put into emergency planning, especially where your children are concerned.

    Medical History

    Now what about your child’s medical history?  Some schools or day care centers don’t even provide a card for medical history, or the one they provide might be so sparse that it would be useless in a true medical emergency.  Don’t forget that you can simply create your own medical history card and see that it’s stored with your child’s records.  That way you can be sure that the information you would want emergency personnel to have in an emergency, will be right at their fingertips.
    If you have a copy of our book Ready, you’ll find Medical History Forms for you and your kids in the back of the book.  If not, you can download a copy of our Children’s Medical Form here.

    So grab your form and let’s get started.

    Before you begin filling in the form get a piece of paper and gather everything you have for each child on his or her own sheet.  You’ll need to include a list of chronic conditions, allergies, medications and vitamins that they have or currently are taking along with dosage.  Include a list of all of your child’s health providers including specialists, dentists and any other professional who sees your child on a regular basis.
    Now take a moment to sit by yourself in a quiet place where you won’t be disturbed.   Close your eyes and imagine each of your children individually, with a moderate injury, like a broken ankle.  You’re sitting in the emergency room with him.
    The doctor – someone you’ve never seen before and who doesn’t know your child’s unique medical or emotional needs – walks through the door.  What would you tell the doctor about your them?  What do you need her to know?
    Child by child, jot down all of the things that just went through your mind.  Old injuries, allergies, surgeries, anything you think is important.   Then do the exercise again, imagining that this had been a serious injury.  Is there anything else that you would need to tell the doctor or surgeon caring for your child?  Anything that might help save his or her life?
    Again, jot down any additional things that went through your mind for each of your children.
    At the end of our forms, we include a few other questions about your child.   Things that a nurse or physician might need to know to help calm your child down while treating her, until you’re able to be at the hospital   So include a brief section on your child’s likes and dislikes, what calms her down, favorite foods or toys or anything else that might help.   No matter how old your child is, kids tend to regress a bit when they’re hurting or frightened, so the information you provide here can go a long way towards keeping them calm and helping the medical team give them the treatment they need until you arrive at the hospital.
    Since children don’t carry wallets or driver’s licenses, make sure that they have ID cards with current emergency contact information in a few different locations, like in a backpack or tucked into a cell phone or an iPod Touch.   And don’t forget to put an ICE Contact (in case of emergency contact) to your children’s iPhones or smartphones.  You can find out how to do that right here on our blog.
    Taking the steps to ensure your child’s information now, will help keep him safer while giving you a little more peace of mind.  Talk about a win-win!

    Have Fun Getting Your Stuff Together! We’ll talk later…
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    Keep The Stuff You Love Safe

    How To Save Your Treasured Voice Mail Messages
    How To Save Your Home Movies And Videos
    How To Archive Your Digital Photos
    How To Archive Your Print Photos
    How To Make A Home Inventory
    How To Get Your Financial Life In Order
    How To Preserve Your Family History
    How To Back Up Your Facebook Friends List
    Turn Your Smartphone Into A Mobile Command Center
    How To Backup Your Music, MP3s And Vinyl Albums
    How To Access Your Money No Matter Where You Are

    Keep The People You Love Safe

    How To Keep Your Medical History At Your Fingertips
    How To Create A Family Evacuation Plan
    How To Fill Out Your Child’s Emergency Contact Card

    How To Set Up Your ICE Contacts

    How To Set Up An ICE Contact On Your iPhone
    How To Set Up An ICE Contact On Your Samsung Galaxy Phone
    How To Set Up An ICE Contact On Your Android Smartphone
    How To Set Up Your Medical ID & ICE Contact On The iPhone 6
    How to put an ICE Contact on your Samsung Galaxy Lock Screen
    Can I Put An ICE Contact On A Password Protected iPhone?
    Cómo Colocar Un En Caso de Contacto de Emergencia En Su Teléfono Celular
    Why Are ICE Contacts So Important?
    Create An ICE Contact In 2 Minutes
    The Two Things You should NEVER put in your ICE Contact
    Don’t Carry A Wallet? Here are 20 Places To Put Your Emergency Wallet Card

    How To Get Ready For…

    How To Earthquake Proof Your Bedroom
    How To Get Ready For A Tornado
    How To Get Ready For A Tsunami
    The Best Apps For Tornado Season
    How To Get Ready For A Hurricane
    How To Get Ready For A Wildfire
    How to Get Ready For A Flood
    How To Get Ready For An Earthquake

    How To Set Up An ICE Contact On Your iPhone

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    Have Fun Getting Your Stuff Together! We’ll talk later…

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    How To Set Up Your ICE Contacts

    How To Set Up An ICE Contact On Your iPhone
    How To Set Up An ICE Contact On Your Samsung Galaxy Phone
    How To Set Up An ICE Contact On Your Android Smartphone
    How To Set Up Your Medical ID & ICE Contact On The iPhone 6
    How to put an ICE Contact on your Samsung Galaxy Lock Screen
    Can I Put An ICE Contact On A Password Protected iPhone?
    Cómo Colocar Un En Caso de Contacto de Emergencia En Su Teléfono Celular
    Why Are ICE Contacts So Important?
    Create An ICE Contact In 2 Minutes
    The Two Things You should NEVER put in your ICE Contact
    Don’t Carry A Wallet? Here are 20 Places To Put Your Emergency Wallet Card

    Keep The People You Love Safe

    How To Keep Your Medical History At Your Fingertips
    How To Create A Family Evacuation Plan
    How To Fill Out Your Child’s Emergency Contact Card

    Keep The Stuff You Love Safe

    How To Save Your Treasured Voice Mail Messages
    How To Save Your Home Movies And Videos
    How To Archive Your Digital Photos
    How To Archive Your Print Photos
    How To Make A Home Inventory
    How To Get Your Financial Life In Order
    How To Preserve Your Family History
    How To Back Up Your Facebook Friends List
    Turn Your Smartphone Into A Mobile Command Center
    How To Backup Your Music, MP3s And Vinyl Albums
    How To Access Your Money No Matter Where You Are

    How To Get Ready For…

    How To Earthquake Proof Your Bedroom
    How To Get Ready For A Tornado
    How To Get Ready For A Tsunami
    The Best Apps For Tornado Season
    How To Get Ready For A Hurricane
    How To Get Ready For A Wildfire
    How to Get Ready For A Flood
    How To Get Ready For An Earthquake

    The Two Minutes That Can Save Your Life

    Last October over 500 people ended up in the hospital, many in critical condition, who never in their wildest imaginations thought they would be going there. Many are away from home on vacation, others separated from their spouses, children, friends and family who may very well be in another hospital. The thing they have in common is that the doctors and nurses caring for them don’t know them personally. They don’t know what prescriptions they are taking, what they might be allergic to, or what hidden medical conditions might be lurking.

    No one could have predicted or probably prevented the horror that happened in Las Vegas. But what you can prevent, is lack of information. If you don’t have an ICE Contact on your own phone, your spouses and kid’s phone, please stop what you’re doing and go to these links on our blog RIGHT NOW. This is the quick version for iPhone and for the Samsung Galaxy.

    You can find full ICE Contact instructions in our book Connected here at this link.

    Need copies for your group, company or organization? Leave a comment below and we’ll be in touch.

    Have Fun Getting Your Stuff Together! We’ll talk later…
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    The Two Minute ICE Contact for Samsung Galaxy

    What if I told you that you could put an ICE Contact on your Samsung Galaxy with everything it needs to have in it to save your life, in 2 MINUTES FLAT?

    Would you grab your phone and go for it?  Of course you would!  In fact, even if you already have an ICE Contact on your smartphone, I guarantee that you’re probably missing a few key things.
    Last week we showed you how to do a 2 Minute ICE Contact on your iPhone, so we thought this week, we’d switch things up so owners of Samsung Galaxy’s could get in on the fun.  So what are you waiting for?  Grab your phone and let’s get started!
    1.  Put the word ICE, all capitals, in the First Name field.
    2.  Put your ICE Contact’s first and last name in the Last Name field.
    3.  Type in all of your contact’s phone numbers.  EVERY one that you have for them
    4. Type in all of your contact’s email addresses — again, every last one.
    5. Type in all of your contact’s social media handles/user names in the website section of your contact.  You never know what will be working in an emergency.  Many people have reached loved ones on Facebook and Twitter, when cell phone and landline service was down.
    6. If you don’t have a field for Relationship, add one by adding new field and choosing the one called, oddly enough, Relationship.  Then choose or enter the way that this contact is related to you.
    7. Your own allergies, medications and medical history go in the notes section.  Even better capitalize the words ALLERGIES, MEDICATIONS etc to ensure that they’re seen.
    8.  You can also add your physician’s names and phone numbers in the notes section and if you like, a link to your own medical history form.  If you don’t have one, you can borrow one of ours.
    9.  Is your contact in different locations on different days?  Add that in the notes section as well.
    10. Instead of their photo, add an ICE Contact Graphic to the contact to make it stand out.  Here are a few to choose from.
    11.  And finally, never, ever put your social security number or insurance member number into your ICE Contact.  You may put the name of your insurance company and their customer service number in if you like, but as long as your emergency contact comes to the hospital and can provide that information, it’s probably not necessary.
    And there you have it.  One fully loaded ICE Contact.  Two Minutes.
    While you’re here, be sure to check out our other posts like How To Put and ICE Contact On Your Samsung Galaxy or How To Put An ICE Contact On Your iPhone, or  to learn EVERYTHING you need to know about ICEing your phone. 
    And while you’re feeling proactive, don’t forget to put ICE Contacts on your spouse’s and kid’s phones too, along with each other’s contact information.   

    Have Fun Getting Your Stuff Together! We’ll talk later…

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    How To Set Up Your ICE Contacts

    How To Set Up An ICE Contact On Your iPhone
    How To Set Up An ICE Contact On Your Samsung Galaxy Phone
    How To Set Up An ICE Contact On Your Android Smartphone
    How To Set Up Your Medical ID & ICE Contact On The iPhone 6
    How to put an ICE Contact on your Samsung Galaxy Lock Screen
    Can I Put An ICE Contact On A Password Protected iPhone?
    Cómo Colocar Un En Caso de Contacto de Emergencia En Su Teléfono Celular
    Why Are ICE Contacts So Important?
    Create An ICE Contact In 2 Minutes
    The Two Things You should NEVER put in your ICE Contact
    Don’t Carry A Wallet? Here are 20 Places To Put Your Emergency Wallet Card

     

    How to Protect Your Family Photos From Natural Disasters

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    Nothing is more heartbreaking than watching a victim of the latest disaster digging through the timbers of her home looking for the things she loves most: favorite photos.

    The worst part is this type of loss is so easy to prevent! Why are we so good at backing up our smartphone pictures – including the one of yesterday’s lunch – five different ways? But the photos we love most are hanging on the wall unprotected!

    • Before hurricane, tornado, wildfire or volcano season catches you unprepared, grab your photos off the walls and scan them at home or at your local copy shop.
    • Back up the scans to several different locations in and out of your home, including your PC, portable hard drive, safe deposit box and the cloud. That way if anything ever happens, all you have to do is reprint your favorites and hang them up on your new wall.

    Want more tips to keep your family safe?

    We’re on a mission to donate 200,000 free downloadable copies of our books, “Ready” and “Connected,” to families across the U.S. Pick up your copies today, then help us spread the word on social media.

    And while you’re at it, be sure to check out other tips on one of my favorite content sites 30Seconds.com.

    When Disaster Strikes: How Satellite Phones Like Iridium Can Keep You Connected

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    To us, one of the worst things that all of the recent disasters had in common, was that they left millions of people — millions of families — disconnected from everything that they needed not only to survive, but to recover. 

    Natural disasters can strike at any time, leaving you and your family stranded without the ability to do something as simple as make a phone call.  Over the last few years, the United States has experienced wildfires in California, tornadoes throughout the Gulf Coast, flooding near rivers and devastation caused by hurricanes in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.  While physical essentials like food, water and shelter are often limited during disasters, communications are often overlooked as an emergency resource.  In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico experienced an outage of their land-based networks that are used for landlines and cell phone usage.  First responders relied on satellite communications in order to coordinate relief efforts, and afflicted families were able to connect with their loved ones using Iridium® satellite phones.

    In a disaster, there is a risk that telephone lines may fail quickly – and those that don’t can be overloaded with users attempting to place calls.  Satellite communications may become the only alternative as your ‘cellular tower in the sky’.  Iridium provides satellite connectivity with its network of 66 Low-Earth orbit (LEO) satellites that brings reliable service to anyone throughout the world.  Satellite connectivity is a critical emergency resource and backup communications source that allows you, your family, and colleagues to stay safe, aware and connected during a crisis. 

    Why Iridium?

    Iridium is the only provider that offers truly global coverage for mobile satellite devices.  Some providers have large stationary satellites placed in space over 22,000 miles away in Geostationary Orbit (GEO).  Given the distance away from Earth, satellite providers with LEO constellations, like Iridium, tend to experience lower latency on phone calls and provide coverage in areas that cannot be served by GEO constellations.  For example, if you’re stranded in a mountainous area, you may struggle to have a clear line of sight between your satellite phone and a GEO satellite.  With LEO satellites, terrain blockages resolve themselves as the satellites move overhead.

    Iridium’s network of 66 LEO satellites continually orbiting the earth supplies clear and reliable communications no matter where you are.  Iridium offers easy-to-use satellite phones and devices that can quickly connect you to the Iridium network, and allow you to place calls during a crisis, especially when cellular connectivity is unavailable. 

    How do I choose a satellite device?

    Another benefit of a LEO network is the compact and mobile products associated with it.  For example, Iridium GO!® is a small ‘modem’ that connects your smartphone to the Iridium satellite network.  Simply load the Iridium GO! mobile application to your smartphone, connect it to the Iridium network and place a call.  Iridium GO! provides multiple options to stay in touch. You can check email, send a text, update your social media accounts or send an SOS message when in need.   

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    The Iridium satellite phone, called Iridium Extreme®, is suitable for users on the move. It has a rugged design that can withstand harsh conditions, and features an SOS-button for emergency situations. The SOS button  automatically dials the GEOS emergency response center, a part of the International Emergency Response Coordination Center (IERCC), providing a connection to a live support representative.  The SOS-functionality requires users to register online in order to initiate this emergency response service, and once pushed, the SOS button will send location data for response coordination with local public authorities. The button is programmable so corporations or organizations can have emergency calls routed to their internal response center if needed.

    How do I use a satellite device?

    An Iridium satellite phone is nearly as easy to use as a regular phone. However, here are some tips to keep you connected at all times. When using your satellite device, it is important that you ensure the device has been fully charged.  When placing a call from a satellite phone, make sure you have a clear view of the sky in order to connect to the network.  To place a call, simply dial 001 (US country code) followed by the phone number.

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    Having an emergency plan is a necessity in any household.  Ensuring you have a guaranteed and reliable communication source that works with you wherever you go is the best way to stay safe and connected during a disaster.  When preparing for a disaster, be sure to include Iridium in your emergency kit.  You can test your satellite phone for free using Iridium’s Test Your Satellite Number: 001-480-752-5105.

    For more information on Iridium and where to purchase, please visit:
    https://www.iridium.com/

    Have Fun Getting Your Stuff Together! We’ll talk later…

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    Keep The Stuff You Love Safe

    How To Save Your Treasured Voice Mail Messages
    How To Save Your Home Movies And Videos
    How To Archive Your Digital Photos
    How To Archive Your Print Photos
    How To Make A Home Inventory
    How To Get Your Financial Life In Order
    How To Preserve Your Family History
    How To Back Up Your Facebook Friends List
    Turn Your Smartphone Into A Mobile Command Center
    How To Backup Your Music, MP3s And Vinyl Albums
    How To Access Your Money No Matter Where You Are

    Keep The People You Love Safe

    How To Keep Your Medical History At Your Fingertips
    How To Create A Family Evacuation Plan
    How To Fill Out Your Child’s Emergency Contact Card

    How To Set Up Your ICE Contacts

    How To Set Up Your ICE Contacts

    How To Set Up An ICE Contact On Your iPhone
    How To Set Up An ICE Contact On Your Samsung Galaxy Phone
    How To Set Up An ICE Contact On Your Android Smartphone
    How To Put An ICE Contact & Medical ID On Your Apple Watch
    How To Set Up Your Medical ID & ICE Contact On The iPhone
    How to put an ICE Contact on your Samsung Galaxy Lock Screen
    Can I Put An ICE Contact On A Password Protected iPhone?
    How To Find Your Patient’s Medical Information & ICE Contacts On An iPhone.
    Cómo Colocar Un En Caso de Contacto de Emergencia En Su Teléfono Celular
    Why Are ICE Contacts So Important?
    Create An ICE Contact In 2 Minutes
    The Two Things You should NEVER put in your ICE Contact
    Don’t Carry A Wallet? Here are 20 Places To Put Your Emergency Wallet Card

    How To Get Ready For…

    How To Earthquake Proof Your Bedroom
    How To Get Ready For A Tornado
    How To Get Ready For A Tsunami
    The Best Apps For Tornado Season
    How To Get Ready For A Hurricane
    How To Get Ready For A Wildfire
    How to Get Ready For A Flood
    How To Get Ready For An Earthquake