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Have you heard about It is a HIPAA-compliant web service that allows its members to share vital health information during emergencies with participating Emergency Medical Service (EMS) providers. In the event of a medical emergency, responding medics within a service area can access the information you have made available. If transport is required, text or email messages will be delivered to your In Case of Emergency (ICE) contacts. For $5 a year, basic health information and up to 10 emergency contacts are stored under a computer-assigned PIN number that’s kept on a wallet card with your driver’s license, a key fob or a sticker on an insurance card.

The registry is a complement to the medical alert jewelry people with diabetes, asthma and other conditions wear to signal their needs in an emergency.

Know Your Stuff – Home Inventory Update

On the Insurance Divider in the PortaVault, we have included information for how to take a home inventory. In 2009 the Insurance Information Institute released a new version of their Know Your Stuff – Home Inventory software. The new release includes free secure online storage, as well as many other new features including the ability to create inventories for multiple locations and a maintenance calendar. Find out more at

Having an up to date home inventory will help you:

  • Purchase enough insurance to replace the things you own
  • Have your insurance claims settled faster
  • Substantiate non-reimbursed property insurance losses for you income tax return or to apply for disaster assistance.



Have your friends and family members ever shared their New Years resolutions? Many resolutions probably included some sort of promise to lose weight, get fit, eat better, reduce stress or to quit smoking. Would you like to help your family and friends stay focused on their resolutions throughout the year? Check out the selection of Health-e-cards that can be sent for free at

The Health-e-card is an encouraging resource to promote healthy living in the new year, suggest safe activities year-round, suggests healthy and safety-related events and most importantly, can enable your loved ones to stick with their resolutions.

Google and Protecting your Privacy

Google has a feature that enables a person to gain the name and address of a particular person by simply entering in their phone number to the search bar. You can also figure out the specific location of where the number is connected to, by simply hitting the Map button. Everyone should be aware of this! It’s a nationwide reverse telephone book, so if a person gives out his/her phone number, someone can look it up and find out where he/she lives. The safety issues are obvious and alarming!

In order to test whether your phone number is mapped, go to Type your phone number in the search bar (i.e. 555-555-1212) and hit enter.

If you want to block Google from divulging your private information, simply click on your telephone number and then click on the Removal Form. Removal takes 48 hours.

Let Your Love Flow – Donate Blood!

Let Your Love Flow – Donate Blood!

This Valentine’s season give the gift of life by donating blood. It is a heart warming experience and sharing it with someone special can be equally rewarding. Not only will you be spending time together, but also benefit a patient in need.

So many in our community have much to be thankful for… homes for our families, food on our tables, plentiful opportunities to live happy fulfilling lives. But one of our most precious resources, life-saving blood can not be bought like a commodity. Life-saving blood can only come from generous donors who give the gift of life. A single blood donation can potentially save three lives.

Contact your local American Red Cross chapter, 1-800-GIVELIFE or log on to to make a donation today! – top

Creating Passwords

Features of a Strong Password:

  • Make it lengthy. Passwords should be 8 or more characters. Every additional character increases the protection.
  • Combine letters, numbers and symbols.
  • Use words or phrases that are easy to remember.

How to create a Strong Password in 4 easy steps:

  • Think of a sentence that you can remember. Use a memorable sentence, such as “I was twenty five when I was married in November”
  • Check if the computer or online system supports the pass phrase directly. If you can use a pass phrase with spaces between characters, do so.
  • If the computer or online system does not support pass phrases, convert it into a password. Take the first letter of each word of the phrase and create a new nonsensical word. Using the example above, the password is: “iwtfwiwmin”.
  • Add complexity. Mix uppercase and lowercase letters and numbers, use special characters. It is also valuable to misspell words and use some letter swapping. For example, the pass phrase above maybe, “1 was 20 Five when 1 w#s m#33ied in N0v@mbr” This might yield a password like “1w20Fw1wmi&”.

Test your Password

This article is based on information located on the Microsoft website. In addition Microsoft provides a non-recording feature to help determine your password’s strength

Documenting your Password

The dilemma we all face is whether or not we should keep a written record of our passwords. Ask yourself the following question, if something happened to me, would my executor need my password(s) to take care of my affairs? If a written record of your passwords is required, place the document with your passwords in a sealed envelope and store them in your Vital Records PortaVault. Be sure to inform your executor of this document as well as the location of your PortaVault.

Product Update

The Vital Record PortaVault includes four Family Communication Plan cards. These cards provide a place to write contact phone numbers and meeting places. The card can be folded in half, making it the size of a credit card so it is easily stored in a wallet. Consider laminating the card to preserve the information and to minimize the risk of your child losing the card, punch a hole in the laminated card and pin it inside your child’s backpack.