Personal Crisis Recovery Guides

What is Blackberry PIN messaging and why is it important during a catastrophic event?

During 9/11 many Blackberry users sent a PIN 2 PIN message instead of email or voice because communications were down. During a natural disaster when eve

rything goes down PIN messaging is more likely to reach a loved one. PIN messages are smaller and go directly through the Blackberry network instead of the internet — that is why they are so effective. Additionally, unlike a SMS message or email, you will know if your loved one has received your PIN message. So, the first thing you need to do is find out if your Blackberry has a PIN number. Then you need to give your PIN number to your contacts and then record your contacts PIN number in their contact information.

How can I get up-to-date information on weather in my area?

You can go to weather.Gov and enter your zip code to get current up-to-date information. Also, did you know that you can sign up for a free service to receive email and wireless alerts about weather in your area? Simply go to email updates by the National Weather Service and enter your email address and hit go to begin the process of registering for this free service

What is the American Association of Poison Control Center’s Contact Number?

The American Association of Poison Control phone number is 1-800-222-1222. They are open 24 hours a day 7 days a week. You can also visit their website at: http://www.aapcc.org/DNN/

Please remember that although they do not charge you for calling them, it is important that the product label says “If swallowed” or “In case of poisoning” for this service to help you. Otherwise call your physician or 911 to seek immediate emergency assistance.

Where can I find reliable information on funerals?

You can call The National Funeral Directors Association toll-free at 800-228-6332 or you can visit their website at http://nfda.org/ to learn how to plan a funeral, access grief resources, find a funeral home or you can even enter their media center which provides the latest information on funeral services.

I have to prove I am a naturalized citizen but can’t find my paperwork, what do I do?

Naturalization papers are the only acceptable proof that you are a U.S. Citizen if you were not born in the United States. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is a government agency website where you can order additional copies or replacements. Go to USCIS.gov to get assistance now.

What is an Advance Medical Directive?

An Advance Medical Directive is a document that tells someone the degree of medical intervention you wish someone to authorize on your behalf during a life-threatening medical condition. You can get these for free by asking your doctor. Make sure your loved ones have a copy or know where to access a copy of your Advance Medical Directive so that they can follow your wishes.

We’re going on vacation and want to take our pets with us, how can we find a pet friendly hotel, lodging or vacation rental?


You can go to Pet Friendly Travel to find pet friendly hotels, lodging and vacation rentals.

How Do I Reach The American Red Cross?

The American Red Cross is where people mobilize to help their neighbors—across the street, across the country, and across the world—in emergencies. Each year, in communities large and small, victims of some 70,000 disasters turn to neighbors familiar and new—the more than half a million volunteers and 35,000 employees of the Red Cross. Through nearly 700 locally supported chapters, more than 15 million people gain the skills they need to prepare for and respond to emergencies in their homes, communities and world.

What do I need to know before I adopt from a foreign country?

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services provides great information on what you need to know before you start an adoption, before you child immigrates to the U.S., immigration through adoption, country information and after approval of Orphan and Hague Application. Go to USCIS.gov to get assistance now.

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