Thursday, February 28, 2008


Some years back my best friend, Sonya, gave all her friends and family a homemade Survival Manual for Christmas. The year was 1999, and people weren’t sure what the ramifications of Y2K would be.

Sonya’s manual for emergency preparedness was about three inches thick and pretty complete; it gave instructions on what to do in case of a fire, supplies to have on hand, how to seal the windows of your home, and many other possible scenarios.

I don’t know if any of us really appreciated the effort that went into the compilation of the manual, and certainly we didn’t “get” the sentiment; why would we need something like that? As the year 2000 dawned with no repercussions, Sonya looked a bit like Chicken Little yelling, “the sky is falling”.

I’m sorry to say I don’t know where Sonya’s manual is anymore, because after the Hurricanes, Katrina and Rita, I completely “get” the need for an emergency preparedness plan. I have discovered a wonderful website called AxcessPoints that would make Sonya happy.

AxcessPoints is a website that’s like a one-stop emergency preparedness center. One of the really useful elements is a tool to use to formulate an emergency plan. The tool walks you through step by step and your plan can be completed in as little as 20 minutes or, if you’d like to take more time, you can come back and fill in information at your convenience. AxcessPoints allows you to store the information you’d need in the event of an emergency safely in one location online and there’s even a tool to decide what you need to include in your emergency kit. is really the total package; it can go a long way towards easing your mind to know that you have a plan in place should a disaster come your way. With the free 30-day trial they offer, there's really no reason not to give it a try.