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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.