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  •  Excellent "How To" (13+ / 0-)

    for those who may one day have to deploy.  Invaluable advice on adding dependents and keeping important papers in a second location as well as originals in a fire safe.  I would add that all life insurance policies/details be added to both locations as well.

    As you stated in your title, this is good common sense advice for everyone.  Nearly everyone is subject to some kind of natural disaster - hurricane, earthquake, tornado - and having taken the time to store important documents in advance will save untold stress and problems later.

    I have republished to the IGTNT Advisory Group.

    I wish you and your unit well during this deployment, hope that you check in here with us from time to time and will keep you in my prayers.

    As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. John F. Kennedy

    by JaxDem on Sat Aug 31, 2013 at 06:10:34 AM PDT

    •  A tip on the fire safe (3+ / 0-)
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      Unless you bolt that sucker down to the floor, I highly recommend a key type safe and leave the key in the lock or taped to the safe.

      Bitter experience taught me that.  I had a safe with a combination lock filled with my documents tucked out of sight. It was just to protect my documents. But someone broke into the apartment and along with several other small portable things they took the safe.  It was found in a wood grove about a mile from the apartment a few rainy days later pried open and papers scattered about.

      Two moves later and someone breaks in again when im on training.  This time I had left the key in the lock because my mom was going to come by and put some family history disks in the safe.  She arrived and found the safe open and all the papers thrown on the floor.  All we had to do on that one was pick them up and reorganize them.  

      I know, Identity theft.  True, but most people who break into homes are not looking to steal your Identity. They want high value small things.  Like cash or old coins or guns.  Things that fit in small fire safes that can be carried or put in a backpack.  

      As with all things, you are making a risk/reward guess.  My experience has been explained. (besides I avoid credit and stick to cash/debit cards so i'm not as worried about someone using my SSN to work under)

      Stupid question hour starts now and ends in five minutes.

      by DrillSgtK on Sat Aug 31, 2013 at 08:53:54 AM PDT

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    •  even if like me you're past deployment age, do (1+ / 0-)
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      take time to gather those docs (and get legal-quality duplicates) and put them up safe in case of house fire, tornado, etc. Seriously.

      Next time you see your doctor ask for a copy of all your current meds in their current doses; if you wear glasses or hearing aids or have to have a CPAP machine or similar durable medical goods, save a copy of that paperwork in the book, too.

      LBJ, Van Cliburn, Ike, Wendy Davis, Lady Bird, Ann Richards, Barbara Jordan, Molly Ivins, Sully Sullenburger, Drew Brees: Texas is NO Bush League!

      by BlackSheep1 on Sat Aug 31, 2013 at 07:44:19 PM PDT

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