Ready for what to do after a catastrophe? A new tool is here to help prepare for disasters in the 21st century.
Virginia Beach, VA May 29, 2006 - Just in time for hurricane season, a new Internet based service is available to help with recovering from disasters and property loss.
Getting into the right frame of mind to deal with the aftermath of a crisis, like filing an insurance claim, is a difficult task. There is plenty of advice available with tips on what should be done, but very little real help on implementing it. Now there is a website built expressly for this purpose. The site, eFailSafe.com, keeps an inventory list of your valuables, including pictures and receipts, someplace safe so that it is readily available if your home is destroyed.
Launched in September of 2005, efailsafe.com was designed to address some key concerns of its founder, James McAllister. “I wanted a way to keep track of my personal property and other assets in case my house was damaged.” says McAllister, “Working as an IT professional, storing that information on a computer was the obvious choice, but what if my computer goes with the rest of the house?” The answer came to McAllister in the idea to build a website to store information and have the capability to recover that information from anywhere, at anytime.
Having a home inventory not only makes filing an insurance claim more accurate, it also provides a better idea of how much coverage is needed in the first place. “Watching what happened with (hurricane) Katrina last year really showed me how important it is to be ready for the worst,” added McAllister. An inventory list can also be very useful in identifying personal property if it is stolen.
The site puts an emphasis on helping its member’s next of kin to recover from the loss of the member. Efailsafe.com allows for storage of various types of personal account information or “virtual property” and to grant access to that information to relatives after the member’s passing. A member can even leave a private goodbye message for each of their friends and family.
One of the first members of the site, Patrick Tankersley commented, “My relatives are spread out from coast to coast and I’m much more at ease knowing they will be able to figure out where some of the things I’ve left behind are and to take care of my affairs when I’m gone.” Tankersley, a close friend of McAllister’s was quick to add “Hopefully, that will be no time soon.”
When asked about online security concerns, McAllister had a rather pragmatic view of the situation. “The site employs multiple levels of security including data encryption at a higher rate than the typical 128-bit used today.” He considers the fact that there is very little personally identifiable information stored at the site that would make it valuable to hackers. McAllister quips, “I don’t know how someone could make any money spending a year decrypting the brand name of my toaster.”
For additional information on the news that is the subject of this release visit eFailSafe(TM) on the World Wide Web at: https://www.efailsafe.com/HS2006.aspx
Efailsafe.com is designed to provide a safe and secure place to store important personal data that can be retrieved by a member after a crisis, and to promote personal safety with a timed automated notification system. Additionally, in an effort to promote disaster planning and safety, eFailSafe.com provides the general public with a wealth of information that is organized and easy to find.
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