Preparing for Emergencies

Vermont’s recent experience with Irene brings home again the importance of preparing for emergencies.

In our house, we have some bottled water stored. New, working flashlights have replaced the old ones and their corroded batteries. We have some preserved and canned food we can eat without the need of a microwave or our electric stove.

But what we didn’t have until recently is a list complete list with all our bank accounts, insurance policies, medicines, doctors, and family members’ names and contact information. These are things needed by someone else who might help manage our affairs if we were incapacitated or worse.

It is hard enough to step in and handle someone else’s affairs without having to track down the details or figure out the particulars. At a recent conference we learned of a wonderful list that includes everything from our allergies to the vet’s number and the dog’s favorite toys. Making that list and sharing a copy with a trusted friend or relative can make it a lot easier for them to support us when we need it most. It will also save a lot of stress and time for whoever is left with the task of managing our estate.

While no one likes to think about such occurrences, preparing for them can make things go more smoothly. It can also insure that our wishes and best interests are acted upon. For the best results, two steps are necessary: first there is completing the questionnaire so everything is in writing; next is sharing the information and the form so you know it’s understood and in good hands.

We would be happy to send the Preparing for Emergencies sheets anyone for free. Simply call us toll free at 866-342-2035. We will mail or email everything you need to get things started.

Did you ever dream growing older would involve so much paperwork? Aging in Place, it doesn’t happen by accident.

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About the author

Scott Funk has specialized in Home Equity Conversion Mortgage reverse mortgages for over a decade. He is a recognized Aging in Place advocate in his home state of Vermont. His monthly newspaper column Aging in Place has run for 7 years in 24 papers around the state. Scott is brings a lighthearted approach to his talks on Boomers, retirement and aging on purpose.