Friday, July 16, 2010

Don’t be caught in a natural disaster without a few of these filled up!!!

On all of the emergency preparedness sites, one of the main things that is suggested that you have on hand is a small amount of cash, 5-7 days worth. Not only do you need the cash but you need it in small denominations.

Let me explain why.

During any natural disaster, the first thing to go is electricity. Now, if you don’t have electricity, you can’t get money at the bank or any ATM’s, or you can’t purchase anything from stores without the exact cash on hand.  This means, if you need water food or batteries, you could be paying more than it is worth if you don’t have the right amount of cash. I saw this in England 3 years ago while visiting. There was a terrible flood when the Thames over flowed and many villages were completely cut off. The stores had to start rationing water, so you were only able to get 2-3 flats. Since there was no electricity, many flood victims had to pay 20 pounds, for 2-3 flats of water which would normally have only cost around 10-12 pounds. And that is assuming the smallest bill you had was a 20.  The same thing happened during Katrina and numerous Earthquakes. 

Therefore, it is recommended that you keep 1’s, 5’s, and 10’s in a stash at your home. So the question arises, where is a safe place to keep 5-7 days of cash at home? Here is one answer. They are called Diversion Safes. You just unscrew them and put the small bills inside, close them and put them on the appropriate shelf.  There are many different products that you can choose from to hide you cash stash in. Here are a few choices:

I have even seen cans of vegetables, soups, fruits, just about anything you could find in a grocery store.  Just “google” diversion safes, and find the best price, or here are a few sites that I have found: 

Keep a few in different places in your home and most important, remember where and what they are. We had a visitor once who tried to open an A&W root beer but it wouldn’t open and he couldn’t figure out how or why. He eventually realized what it was but he was disappointed at not being able to have a root beer. It was funny!

If you don’t want to purchase a diversion safe, find a safe place to keep you store of cash. It is so important!!

1 comment:

markandaubrey said...

I NEVER have cash. I would be in trouble. Need to take care of that!