are dozens of new Web sites being launched every day,
but few are as timely and as useful as one I have been trying
out for several weeks now.
and is a free site meant to help families keep track of emergency
and other vital information. The events of Sept. 11, which
left hundreds of families with deceased relatives, showed
us the importance of having good family records when emergencies
occur. For too many folks, the fact that they couldn't locate
vital information about medical and insurance records added
to the pain. That's where 4MyEmergency comes in.
how it works. Anyone who wants to have their vital information
in one place can go to the site and enter information they
have handy. Details such as first relatives to call, home
insurance policies, special notes about children, etc. Once
the information is filled out, it generates a printout of
the data that you can then store (I would make multiple copies).
The key here is that the site does NOT store any of your information.
It is just a form generator. Your computer and your paper
files keep the information. And that -- along with the fact
that it is available free -- is what makes it safe and worth
site is a nonprofit project led by Asha Blake, the nationally-known
TV anchor who used to host NBC's Later Today and ABC's World
News Now. Blake, who has a young child of her own, told 7Online
she wanted to "do something to help families" after
Sept. 11. And she has done just that. This contribution of
her's is another example of how useful the Web can be.
many people, filling in the form can be a little spooky (after
all, who wants to think about no being around any more or
having others raise their kids?) But any unease should be
countered by the knowledge that having this information in
a safe place will give you plenty peace of mind.
it out: 4MyEmergency.com
in to firstname.lastname@example.org
and let me know your thoughts.
your feedback -- and ideas for coverage: email@example.com