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In case of Emergency
One of the services we offer at FullTel, our phone company, is Disaster Recovery consultation. So I am always talking to business people about planning for the worst while hoping for the best. The same is true for my personal life. I have written in the past about backup generators and government sites that have check lists for various disaster scenarios so that you can be prepared.
So let's say a flood or natural disaster like a grass fire is headed your way. What do you put into the car first when you are asked to evacuate? My wife and I back up our personal photos on a portable drive that we keep in our safety deposit box so photo albums aren't so important. We both have decided a change of clothes and our laptop computers was a good start. But what about something to eat?
How about a 1 week supply of food for two people all neatly packed into a backpack? http://www.foodinsurance.com/store/emergency-plus-kit.html
The Emergency Plus Food Insurance kit contains:
- Lightweight, weather-resistant backpack
- Cooking tin
- 2-week food supply, 3 meals per day
- 1500+ use water filter
- Delicious freeze dried food
- 350-piece first aid kit
- Reusable heat source
- Emergency all-in-one tool
- Quick heat fuel pellets
- Flashlight/radio combo
- Waterproof matches
- Dust/pollutant masks (2)
We bought the kit and ate one of the meals over the weekend. All we had to do was boil 4 cups of water, put the bag of food in it, wait for 9 minutes and we had Beef Stroganoff with Noodles! It is basically back pack food that tastes about like hamburger helper.
By no means am I recommending that you look only at Food Insurance here are a few others.
I encourage you as one of your New Year's resolutions to prepare your family for the worst while hoping and praying for the best.
Let's be proactive out there!
Timothy J. Kilkenny
Founder & CEO
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2010 - Death, Taxes & Misinformation
It has been said that only 2 things are inevitable - death and taxes. So we concern ourselves with this the most in conversation. It would appear that this year the government is concerned with both in April...which is just around the corner.
In April of 2010 the "powers that be" want to count how many of us are still alive (and see where we live) which the constitution mandates they do every 10 years. And in that same month they will assess taxes and begin collecting money which they elect to do every year.
So we begin a new year, a new decade and perhaps a few new things to get ready for in 2010. As with anything that is new or changing, there will be tons of information, opinions and advice floating about. Some of it might even be accurate. The best course of action is to go directly to the source and find out the facts for your self.
What will the new census ask of me? I heard it is invasive, is that true? Don't they ask questions that are really none of their business? Etc. etc. These and the hundred more questions I have heard bantered about and answered differently with each reply can be accurately answered by simply going to http://2010.census.gov.
Here you can find that there is a 10 question form that will be mailed out beginning in March for the April National Census Day and even see what the questions are going to be. You can also find out that while the form cannot be submitted online you can have some fun with interactive quizzes and discover the $400 billion the census allocates to our communities each year is more than the gross domestic product of Papua New Guinea ($12.05 billion), Switzerland (at $303.2 billion) or even The United Arab Emirates (whish is $164.4 billion).
That leaves taxes. With new tax credits and changing laws you are more assured than ever of getting at least a dozen different answers to each question asked of any one person. Again, the prudent approach would be to politely thank each well-meaning contributor of information and then go to http://www.irs.gov to get the facts for yourself.
You will find that the 2009 forms are already available to you, even if your W-2s are not, and what you will need to prepare and file your federal tax return. You may discover there is a special tax deduction if you bought a car in 2009. You might learn that aside from extending the much discussed "new home buyer's credit" of up to $8,000; there is now a $6,500 credit available for some who already had a home. You can even e-file for free in many cases with some pretty easy to use links and forms.
The long and short of it is that death, taxes and misinformation are inevitable ... so for this New Year's resolution celebrate that you are alive and share the great news with others by filling out a short form to proclaim it. Take advantage of every tax break coming to you and maybe even get a refund and don't fall prey to misinformation when you can go straight to the source and get the facts easily online.
Wishing you a Happy & Informed New Year
FullNet Customer Service Manager