Are You Prepared for What Spring May Bring?

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The arrival of spring signifies a time of rejuvenation, but the season can also bring severe weather. For many of us, that means spring cleaning efforts should include organizing our documents and possessions for a disaster emergency kit, as recommended by the Department of Homeland Security.

What should you include in an emergency kit?

Water tops this list, along with nonperishable food items, a flashlight, batteries, a battery-powered or hand-crank radio and a first-aid kit.* Less obvious, however, are the items that may help you reconstruct your life after a disaster.

  • Inventory of personal possessions – To estimate replacement value, your insurance company will need to know what you own. Take some time to record your personal property, including your home’s interior and exterior, and store the videos or photos in a safe place.
  • Important documents – Many people keep their insurance policies, birth and marriage certificates, titles, deeds and Social Security cards in a safe location. Consider storing copies of these documents in your kit as well.
  • Emergency cash – Edward Jones recommends having enough cash to cover three to six months’ worth of living expenses. In addition, consider including some cash (preferably small bills) in your kit in case ATMs or credit cards are unavailable.

Keeping in touch

With Edward Jones Online Access, you can communicate with your financial advisor in a completely secure environment. You also can view your statements and other important documents online, so you don’t have to store them in your home. To find out more about online access, visit

If you should ever need assistance during an emergency and your local Edward Jones branch office is unavailable, please contact our Client Relations department at 800-441-2357 with any questions regarding your accounts.

Important information:

*Source:, Feb. 22, 2017.

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