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The Monthly Connection
September - October 2012

Disaster ready...prepared people,
resilient community

September Tip of the Month:  It's National Preparedness – each year, we designate this month to commemorate the events of 9-11, 2001. Make a commitment to do at least one thing in September that enhances your personal level of preparedness or encourages those around you. As we have seen in disasters around the world, it is our collective effort that carries us through during disaster.

September is also Life Insurance Awareness Month – consider the tips in the article below by this month's guest contributor, Ridge McCoy, from West Seattle:

Being prepared is smart – Protect the people you love in the event of the unexpected
With today's busy lifestyle, it takes a plan to get things done. Whether it's making a grocery list, or planning a wedding, careful preparation can help you save time, money and countless headaches.

Surprisingly, though, most people don't have a well-thought-out plan when it comes to protecting their loved ones if something bad were to happen – an unexpected illness, untimely death or perhaps worst case, disaster. Ask yourself, if the unexpected suddenly happened, how would your family do? Would your family have the financial means to remain in your home? Could your children still graduate from college? Would your dependents be able to pursue their dreams and goals? The right insurance and a proper financial plan in place can help provide some peace of mind before disaster strikes.

A knowledgeable and experienced life insurance agent can work with you to determine which type of coverage is best for you. What's the difference between term and permanent life insurance? What type of coverage is best for your situation? Get the full picture before making a decision. Then, when you create a financial strategy, you can be better equipped for whatever the future brings. 

If you already have an agent, thank him/her for helping you plan and prepare. If you don't, or if you haven't reviewed your plan in the last couple of years, this may be a good time to take this important step toward family and financial preparedness.

This third-party article is provided as a courtesy by Ridge McCoy, Agent, York Life Insurance Company, (206) 718-1697 or

FDIC Consumer News - Summer 2011Guide to Financial Preparedness – As you think about your insurance needs, be sure to check out this publication from the FDIC's Consumer News:
Look for the option to download your own PDF copy (20 MB).

Other Preparedness News this Month:
Smart911 Makes its Debut in King County
Check out the link below and see Fact Sheet: Red Guide to Recovery
Check out this link for a plethora of preparedness resources!

Training Announcements
Seattle OEM Training Kicks into High Gear
We're back in full swing as SNAP, Skills, CERT and Home Retrofit classes begin mid-September through early December. Demand has been extremely high, with space available for the following classes only:
Earthquake Home Retrofit
Saturday, Oct. 20, 1pm – 3pm
Beacon Hill Branch Library
2821 Beacon Ave. S., 98144

Earthquake Home Retrofit
Saturday, Dec. 1, 11am – 1pm
West Seattle Branch Library
2306 42nd Ave. SW, 98116

Light Search & Rescue
Saturday, Dec. 8, 8:30am – 3:00pm
Southwest Community Center
2801 SW Thistle St., 98126

To register, please email:, or call: 206-233-5076. For more information, go to the Training and Events Calendar.

Urban Self-Reliance workshopsUrban Self-Reliance Classes Set to Begin in October
This is the second year Seattle OEM is teaching workshops for Seattle Public Library as they host an innovative series to broaden awareness and gain self-sufficiency on numerous topics. Contact the individual library branches for more information on what they are offering. In addition to Home Retrofit, here are the preparedness-related workshops:

Community Disaster Hub Workshop – taught by Seattle hub members!
Sat., Oct. 20, 1-3 pm, Northgate Branch Library

Creating Disaster Supply Kits for Home, Work and School
Tues., Oct. 9, 6-7:45 pm, Queen Anne Branch Library
Sat., Oct. 13, 10:30am-Noon, Broadview Branch
Mon., Oct. 22, 6-8 pm, University Branch

For a complete schedule of Urban Self-Reliance Workshops, check the Seattle Library's Calendar of Events.

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