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Call Your Parents or Grandparents Today and Warn Them…

Friday, April 9th, 2010

Unfortunately in today’s society, we have to take precautions with our identity.  We may be aware of the dangers, but, when is the last time you reminded your loved ones to be cautious?  There are plenty of people out there that are ready to take advantage of your parents or grandparents, so it’s a good idea to remind them regularly how to best protect their identity.  Here are some tips:

  • Do not give Social Security, bank account or credit card information over the phone.  If you receive a phone call from someone requesting any personal information, ask them for the name of the company they are calling from, look up the number for that institution and call them back.
  • Shred personal documents that contain Social Security numbers, bank account information, credit cards numbers, etc.  If you do not have a shredder, tear the documents in pieces, be certain that account information is torn in half, and discard in separate receptacles.
  • Limit the number of credit cards you carry, and never carry your Social Security card together with your Driver’s License.
  • Protect your Social Security number, avoid using it whenever possible, and never print it on your checks.
  • Monitor your bank and credit card accounts carefully so you will know if something is missing, or if there has been an unauthorized purchase made.
  • Never send credit card information through an email.  Email is not secure.  Send credit card information only through a secure online order form.  Review the image below to see how to determine whether or not an online order form is secure: 

American Medical Alarms Secure Online Order Form

Help keep your loved ones safe.  Society is not what it was 40 years ago, and these simple reminders just might prevent your loved one from experiencing the consequence of identity theft.

You can also provide peace of mind for your loved one by getting them a medical alarm.  With a medical alarm, your loved one can get help during an emergency with just the push of a button.  There is nothing more disheartening than hearing countless stories of families who had someone fall who could not get to a telephone to call for help, so nobody knew about it…and nobody came. It is our goal to help make sure no family has to experience that situation. With a medical alert system from American Medical Alarms help is always within reach.

Keeping Your Important Information Safe

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

In case of emergency, you can really assist your loved ones by providing them access to important documents. Below is a list of common documents that you might want to store and various options for storing them:

Important Papers that either prove ownership or that would be difficult to replace should be stored in a fireproof safe. These types of documents include things like:

Certificates (birth, marriage, death, citizenship)
Social Security Cards
Legal papers (divorce, settlement, custody, adoption, living will, durable power of attorney, or DNR directives)
Policies (Life, Insurance, Health)
Real estate deeds
Titles (automobile, motorcycle, boat)
Military Service Records
Immunization Records
Passports
Stock and bond certificates
Contracts
Household inventory
A list of Financial Accounts, the Account Numbers, Passwords or Pin required to access those accounts.
Any other documents, records or information that would be difficult to replace like:

Did you know that by law, tax returns are required to be retained permanently and supporting tax documents (like W2’s, 1099’s etc.) must be retained for 6 years. So, keep your tax returns in a safe location (maybe even in a safety deposit box).
If you have a life insurance policy for yourself or any family members you should store this information with your important documents. When storing this information you will need to store the original policy along with any changes or renewal policy information since many life insurance policies change from year to year. You should not rely on your Life Insurance provider to correctly interpret a policy that you began over 20 years ago. So, keep the initial policy as well as any addendums together along with any information that might be needed to access the policy.
Home/Automotive repair and maintenance bills should be retained as well and can be easily stored in a file to be accesssed as needed. Many folks like to also log any automotive repairs in their owner’s manuals.
If possible you should create a video log of your possessions taking care to record the make, model and serial number of each item. If you do not have a video recorder you can purchase/use a camera to take photos of your belongings. Store this information in a safety deposit box or in a fire/water proof safe in your home. I recommend making copies and storing them at multiple locations.
Because a safety deposit box may be sealed, it is important that you retain copies of everything in an easy to access location. We recommend using the Vital Record PortaVault to help you keep your documents organized and the First Alert Fire and Water File Chest to store these important documents.