Dollars and Sense:
Be Financially Prepared!
April is National Financial Capability Month, and a great time to think beyond Tax Day to plan and save for the unexpected.
You never know when a disaster will happen. Here are some steps you can take now to protect you and your family financially.
- Saving is a major financial defense against disasters. A little bit at a time can go a long way.
- Store information and documents safely
- Keep copies in separate places
- Choose storage that is waterproof and fireproof
Here's a short video with some good tips: Three Steps to Prepare Your Finances for Natural Disasters
Emergency Alerts and Warnings
CodeRED, the regional reverse 911 emergency notification service for Santa Cruz County, keeps residents informed and prepared in the event of an emergency. Examples of notices include evacuation notices, bio-terrorism alerts, missing person reports, and severe weather alerts. Cell (mobile) phones and VoIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) phones must be registered to receive alerts. Click here to register. Note: Traditional landline telephones are already in the notification system.
Nixle is a free notification service that keeps you up-to-date about emergency weather events, road closings, public safety advisories, disasters, and other relevant information from public safety departments and schools. Click here to sign up for alerts from local agencies. If you live or work in different counties, or if you have relatives or friends in other areas from which you want to receive information, you can sign up for alerts in other areas.
Santa Cruz County Citizen Connect
Download the app to report local issues such as potholes, abandoned vehicles, trash, dead deer, and environmental health complaints.
You can also register to vote, view or pay property tax bills, explore the county’s parks system, and conduct other business.
Be prepared--download the FEMA app for your mobile phone for free on the App Store and Google Play. Learn what to do before, during and after emergencies with safety tips and receive weather alerts from the National Weather Service for up to five different locations anywhere in the United States. Get safety reminders and customize your emergency checklist.
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