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Website helps plan and survive anything

Website helps plan and survive anything

Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS

by Terri Gruca

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Posted on May 29, 2011 at 11:00 PM

Updated Monday, Mar 28 at 10:16 AM

No matter how many times we are told to be prepared, sometimes it's difficult to know what to do to make sure your family has all the information needed when disaster strikes.

What Happens Now is a web site set up by an inspirational woman who turned her life changing experience into a help haven for everyone else.

This site encompasses everything. It's a place where you can get advice on what to do if you're in a car accident, a house fire or if you're preparing for a  funeral. You can also learn everything you need to know about some of life's happier moments like having a baby or getting married.

The website compiles information from experts and everyday people, asking them what they wish they had known or what would have helped them get through certain situations easier.

Some Great Advice

There is an entire section devoted to the top tips.

I pulled out a few I thought were worth a mention. I can't tell you how many times I've covered hurricanes, tornadoes, fires, etc. and heard stories from people who say wish they'd done a home inventory.

This site not only provides you with tips on how to get started, it provides lists for every room.

Another tip I'm sure we've all heard, is the need to put emergency contact information in our cell phones. Under the heading "ICE" or In Case of Emergency you should put the one person you wish to be contacted if you're ever involved in an accident. If you have more than one person you'd like to be contacted, designated "ICE2" or "ICE3". That information can often be the only way for emergency crews to know who to contact if you are incapacitated.

There is even a section that helps you compile a list of emergency contact information --people you may need to contact in case of an emergency, i.e. your insurance company, your bank, your doctor. It's good information to keep in a safety deposit box or in a file at work in case anything happens at home.

Personal Stories

One of the best sections helps you find people going through similar situations. It is the stories section that separates advice into categories.

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