When Disaster Strikes, Your Insurance May Not Cut It

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When Disaster Strikes, Your Insurance May Not Cut It

When Disaster Strikes, Your Insurance May Not Cut It

In recent weeks, we’ve seen some pretty devastating weather disasters around the U.S. In fact, we’ve seen devastating ecological events globally during the past decade — tornadoes, tsunamis, hurricanes, floods, earthquakes; the list goes on and on. For some of these potential disasters, we have insurance available to help us rebuild. When we do have… Read More

7 Tips to Protect Your Identity In a Disaster

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7 Tips to Protect Your Identity In a Disaster

7 Tips to Protect Your Identity In a Disaster

The giant tornado that tore across the Oklahoma City area recently, killing dozens of people, is a sobering reminder that we can never be fully prepared for a natural disaster. With tornado and hurricane season underway and summer’s heightened risk for brush fires just around the corner, it’s a good time to take steps to… Read More

How Your Credit Card Can Help You In a Disaster

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How Your Credit Card Can Help You In a Disaster

How Your Credit Card Can Help You In a Disaster

From this summer’s forest fires in the rural west, to Hurricane Sandy’s recent impact on the most populated region of our country, Americans have come to understand that disasters can strike anywhere. In times of trouble, the last thing that disaster victims might think about is their credit cards. But actually, this is one of… Read More

Hurricane Isaac: 10 Tips to Keep Your Identity Safe

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Hurricane Isaac: 10 Tips to Keep Your Identity Safe

Hurricane Isaac: 10 Tips to Keep Your Identity Safe

Naming tropical storms has been around since 1950, largely to avoid confusion among forecasters when more than one storm is brewing. But Hurricane Isaac, which delayed the Republican National Convention this week and is now projected to hit the Gulf Coast, has taken this anthropomorphic practice to a new level. When Hurricane Isaac was initially… Read More

Feeling Jittery? Some Credit Advice for any Disaster

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Feeling Jittery? Some Credit Advice for any Disaster

Feeling Jittery? Some Credit Advice for any Disaster

We don’t know about you, but something in the air is making us jumpy. Maybe it’s the combination of earthquakes and hurricanes on the East Coast with wildfires in Texas, or the blackout in Southern California. These days, we’re getting lots of inquiries lately about how consumers can prepare their finances and credit for disaster,… Read More

After Irene, Here’s How to Handle Flood Insurance

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After Irene, Here’s How to Handle Flood Insurance

After Irene, Here’s How to Handle Flood Insurance

Last week, as Hurricane Irene bore down on the East Coast, our own Beverly Harzog gave some tips about how to prepare your credit card accounts for a major disaster. Now that Irene has passed, causing less full-bore destruction than many people expected, millions of homeowners from the Carolinas to Maine face a less acute… Read More

A Credit Card Checklist for Natural Disasters

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A Credit Card Checklist for Natural Disasters

A Credit Card Checklist for Natural Disasters

Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf coast with 145-mile-an-hour winds on August 29, 2005. Almost six years later, many people are still recovering. And as I write this, Hurricane Irene, hitting the Caribbean hard, is headed toward the East Coast with a predicted landfall along North Carolina this weekend. On Tuesday, an earthquake—a 5.9, no less—hit… Read More

Protect Against Identity Theft in the Aftermath of a Tornado

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Protect Against Identity Theft in the Aftermath of a Tornado

Protect Against Identity Theft in the Aftermath of a Tornado

By Matt Cullina of Identity Theft 911 Survivors of the tornadoes that killed hundreds in the South need to prepare for another threat, this one man-made: Fraudsters often target victims in the aftermath of this kind of large-scale natural disaster. The violent storms that ravaged six states in April left thousands homeless and unable to… Read More

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