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Emily, San Francisco CA
We met last month at the eWomen Network dinner, and I bought a PortaVault from you. As I like to do with all the new organizing stuff I come across, I put it to the test--and wow, was I impressed! You've clearly put a lot of thought and planning into this product, and I found it comprehensive but not overwhelming, structured but not inflexible, and well worth the price. I liked the PortaVault so much, in fact, that it is a featured article on my BellaOnline Organization site. Congratulations on coming up with a product I'd happily recommend to my clients (not something I can often say!), and good luck as you continue to grow your business.
Molly, San Bruno CA
One evening the power line coming into the house got tangled in the satellite dish and sparks began to fly. I grabbed my laptops and my PortaVault and got out. I had purchased the PortaVault only two months before. Little did I know how soon I would need it - ready to grab and get out. By the way, we are fortunate...the house is still standing and the satellite dish is now a safe distance away from the power line. I now know first hand what a great idea the PortaVault is!
Jan, Phoenix CA
My husband and I spent about four hours this afternoon setting up our PortaVault. We are so pleased to have all of our documents and personal information in one place. In the event of an emergency we now have immediate access to each other's information. It also makes it much easier for our children to access important documents.
Barbara, Baker City OR
My husband died unexpectedly at age 45 this past September. With our important papers located together in the PortaVault, during an extremely difficult time I was able to locate the documents needed to cancel services, process life insurance, access medical claims information. I've also purchased the PortaVault as Christmas gifts for my sister, brother-in-law, and father-in-law. Thank you again!
Barbara, Orinda CA
I love your product. It is so easy to use and I recommend it to anyone who needs to get organized fast!
Jennifer, Moraga CA
I just wanted to say how much I enjoy my PortaVault. On Friday, I had to take some important papers to my lawyer, and it was sooo stormy. Wind was blowing rain sideways, and it was just awful out. I just grabbed up the PortaVault and walked through the wind and rain knowing everything in the PortaVault was dry and protected. Also, the PortaVault was so comfortable to carry. So, thought you should know that I really love this.
Gail, Dallas TX
PortaVault is worth the time involved in the initial setup (which isn't as overwhelming as I thought it would be if you follow the directions.) I am relieved that if anything happens to me, or if there is a fire, these documents can be quickly located. (I had to handle my mother's estate when she unexpected passed away, so I know how important it is to be organized) I appreciate the newsletters sent to be sure we are updating the necessary paperwork.
Ann, Sun City AZ
Just wanted to let you know what a great product you have. Living across country from family, having a file with all important documents (in one place) in it -- is a GOOD THING. If something were to happen, the file is all that anyone needs to handle things. If a disaster were to happen, it's easy to collect and go.
Dan, Annapolis MD
After years of stuffing a box with my records, I'm now finally organized. PortaVault made it so easy to motivate organization that even Martha Stewart would be proud.
Dorothy, Washington DC
I'm very impressed with your new idea as well as the quality of your product. You may be interested in knowing that I bought Suzie Orman's similar portfolio (which I did NOT use) but I find yours to be MUCH more "user friendly." I was fascinated in reading about how your idea came about, yet not really surprised that it was your recognition of a need that made it come about.
Beth, Redwood City CA
The building housing my condominium collapsed in the 1989 earthquake that shook the San Francisco Marina district. The city government permitted me only 15 minutes to climb the building fire escape and retrieve personal belongings from my condo on the 3rd floor. If I had had Securita's new PortaVault product to store my most important personal records, it would have saved me countless weeks of reconstructing those records - and also made filing tax and insurance loss reports a lot less overwhelming.
Jenny and Jason, Lafayette CA
Having the Vital Records PortaVault is peace of mind! My husband and I are not the most organized when it comes to filing and saving important paperwork, etc. Although it took some time to locate the items needed, make lists, take pictures, and put everything into the PortaVault, we now feel confident that our essentials are easy to find and, even better, easy to carry with us in case of emergency.
Heather and John, Fresno CA
I found the Vital Records PortaVault experience to be a great way for my husband and I to talk about all the things we don't want to think about: disaster planning, our financial status in the future and how our children should be cared for if anything should happen to us. These topics aren't typical dinner conversation and they're easy to avoid. Now, not only are our papers in order, but I know my husband and I are on the same page should something happen. Thanks to the Portavault we have complete peace of mind.
Darren and Brittany, Los Altos CA
We had long been concerned about how to locate or secure our important documents in an emergency situation, as these documents were stored in various locations throughout the house. PortaVault was the perfect solution to our worries. The peace of mind from knowing everything is in one convenient, organized, and secure location is priceless - and the fact that PortaVault is value priced doesn't hurt either! The directions led us step by step through the process in an easy and efficient manner. No one can ever fully prepare for a disaster, but our PortaVault helps us be as prepared as possible.
Sylvia and Mitch, Los Altos CA
I just wanted to let you know that I spent time Saturday and Sunday putting together the PortaVault. I just love the product and think you have done an excellent job putting together the tools and helpful hints. In doing this project, we found we had stuff in about 5 different places in the house. Now, with everything in the PortaVault my husband and I actually know where everything is. Thanks so much for creating the PortaVault.
Sue, Santa Cruz CA
Recently, a dear friend, a very neat and organized lady developed Alzheimer's and had to go to live with her daughter. We were helping with the move and disposing of her car and other things on EBay. While people were at her door we were frantically searching for the title among other things. It was at this time that I realized how important it is to have all important documents together in one place. I live in the mountains where we often are without power, along with the fact that my home is very close to major fault line. The PortaVault is the ideal answer in more ways than one for myself and is an invaluable tool for my family should something happen to me.
Ron, Moraga CA
I was amazed at the thought that went into the PortaVault. It took me about an hour to assemble and store my sensitive documents. The over sized record protectors are of surprisingly good quality. I did not have to three hole punch any documents. When I travel I just give the PortaVault to a trusted relative for safe keeping. In case of emergency, I know that all my documents are in one place, and more importantly mobile. This is a great product for those who want to be organized and keep things simple. It works!
Virginia, Wyoming MI
The Vital Records PortaVault is a perfect solution to a common problem. I now know where every important piece of information or documentation is located and so do my sons. Putting all the documents together forced me to find every vital piece of paper and file each in a proper place where it can be easily found. Great idea, I highly recommend it.
Dot, Starkville MS
I purchased the PortaVault just before Christmas. It arrived promptly just a few days later. Christmas is a busy time so I decided to wait and start my PortaVault project after Christmas but before tax prep time. I didn't even open the box it arrived in .... oh, but I was so tempted! I was looking forward to starting "my project."
Finally I allowed myself to open the carton and get acquainted with the contents... and Sherie, I was amazed ! Everything you could possibly need was there ! What a lot of thought, research, personal and professional experience went into your creation. And the quality - it's the best ! Top Notch.
You've thought of everything... as if you were making a gift for a best friend and you wanted to have it so perfect for her or him. It had to be made of the finest, most practical materials... even providing a rain cover. And it was as if you wanted it to be so easy for your friend to use... as if you didn't want anything to be overlooked or left out.
I'm so glad I have the PortaVault ! I'm also so glad to have the extra protectors and the add-on case... in 74 years, which I am, one accumulates quite a few records, irreplaceable photographs and small keepsakes. Now, when the time comes, I'll be able to leave a thoughtful gift for my loved ones.
Thank you, Sherie. You're a "can-do" person... my kind of person!
Valerie, Cottage Grove MN
I originally purchased three PortaVaults -- one as a Christmas gift for my mother-in-law, one as a Christmas gift for my parents, and one for me. Mine quickly filled up and I purchased another. At some point my teenage children will leave the nest (I hope anyway....), and will need their own PortaVault. I have found these to be great organizers! I know exactly where every document is, and for every person in the family.
Katy, West Palm Beach FL
I do workshops down here in the Gulf Coast to teach organizing and use your PortaVault as my example of how to quickly and easily compile a "grab and go" for essential papers. While I don't use all the "bells and whistles" I do like it because of the zippered binder for gathering items in one safe place. In mine I have a full copy of my health records (in plastic sheets) as well as all my other important documents, a CD of family photos and a copy of all the cards in my wallet.
Recently I had put my drivers license and 2 credit cards in the back pocket of a pair of pants I was wearing during a busy day (was going for a walk with my walking club and didn't want to carry anything like a purse). After a long and busy day, when I went to bed that evening I noticed the pants were fraying at the cuff and decided to throw them out. It wasn't until AFTER the trash pickup 3 days later that I noticed I didn't have these important documents and realized they were still in the pants pocket. Although of course I kicked myself for not emptying the pockets before throwing out the pants, I knew that it would be an easy matter to replace these because I had all my other documentation (passport, birth certificate, etc.) plus the numbers and where to call close at hand and easy to find in my PortaVault!
Jeff, San Mateo CA
With two children under the age of 2, I have had to deal with a lot of paperwork since our son was born. Between the life insurance, medical records, birth certificates and more, the PortaVault has made my life much simpler. Everything is more accessible and I have the comfort of knowing I can take it all with me in an emergency.
Brenda, Lincoln NE
Seven months ago, my husband was asked by the company he works for to run an office in Amsterdam, Netherlands for a minimum 2 year assignment. This product has been perfect for our temporary transfer-- I know I have all of our information with us when we need it--having the PortaVault when relocating to another country has been invaluable (and easy). I was ready to go in December 2008 without having to spend time gathering info that I would have never collected in one place without the guidance of your product.
Thanks again for your great idea!
Sherre, Denver CO
I was the recipient of the silent auction PortaVault you provided at the eWomen Network conference. I was so impressed by it, I have decided to purchase for a friend who coincidentally, has been laboring for months over locating vital papers, etc. for another friend who recently passed away in order to settle her estate. Going through this turmoil had us talking about the necessity and importance to organize. So, receiving the PortaVault in the mail was a true blessing as the timing was impeccably perfect. I am attending a housewarming for this same friend and shall be surprising her with this as a gift next Saturday! I love finding the perfect gift, and this couldn't be more so for a multitude of reasons!
Janice, Cary NC
I just wanted to let you know that someone who took my Mission: Organizing for Disaster class in the fall, bought two PortaVaults from me to give as Xmas gifts. She just emailed me yesterday and said they were such a big hit that she needs to buy two more. Of course, I have them in stock and am happy to sell them. I thought you would want to know.
Johanna, Rossmoor CA
The Vital Records PortaVault is a great way to avoid the pain that both of my daughters-in-law faced in trying to find key documents after their mothers passed away. I feel so good about organizing my affairs in the Vital Records PortaVault, so my sons won't have the same frustrating, expensive and time-consuming experience.