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Disaster Preparedness
  • Ameriaan Red Cross. Preparedness guides and information for home, school, work, and community. The Safe ald Well List provides a way for disaster victims to communicate with family members about their well-being.
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the principal federal agency for protecting the health and safety of all Americans.
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency. FEMA’s “Plan Ahead” site offers information on the range of natural and manmade disasters and guidance for protecting your family and property. Are You Ready? is a comprehensive online and downloadable resource on individual, family, and community preparedness.
  • Flu.gov. The most current information on pandemic and avian flu from the Department of Health and Human Services.
  • Ready Campaign. Information, checklists, and printable forms to educate and empower Americans to prepare for emergencies, including natural disasters and potential terrorist attacks. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Defense. Listo America is the Spanish version of Ready.gov.
  • World Health Organization. Resources for epidemic and pandemic alert and response issues.

OPSEC

Stress Management

Financial Management

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Financial

  • Better Business Bureau (BBB) Coast Guard Line. A Coast Guard Qualified Organization, encourages Coast Guard personnel (including Reservists), retirees, and their family members to use the free consumer services and materials offered by BBB, as well as to partner with their local BBBs. BBB is proud to work with the Coast Guard Office of Work-Life to improve the financial readiness of Coast Guardsmen and their families.
  • Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). The consumer bureau is working to give consumers the information they need to understand the terms of their agreements with financial companies. Like a neighborhood cop on the beat, the CFPB supervises banks, credit unions, and other financial companies, and enforces Federal consumer financial laws.
  • InCharge Debt Solutions - Military Debt Relief. InCharge is a leading nonprofit organization, which has brought debt relief to over a million struggling Americans, and developed tools and alliances to bring specialized help to military families struggling with debt overload and the unique challenges of military life.
  • Military Saves. Military Saves is a social marketing campaign to persuade, motivate, and encourage military families to save money every month, and to convince leaders and organizations to be aggressive in promoting automatic savings.
  • My Retirement Paycheck. Explore retirement decisions and obtain information on making retirement resources go further.
  • National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC). A great site for useful information and services related to debt management. NFCC is the nation's largest and longest serving national nonprofit credit counseling organization. Coast Guard Mutual Assistance has long partnered with NFCC and will pay reasonable fees for counseling services provided by their member agencies.
  • SaveAndInvest.org. Unbiased financial tools and information for military families.
  • Thrift Savings Plan (TSP). The TSP is a retirement savings and investment plan for Federal employees and members of the uniformed services, including the Ready Reserve and offers the same types of savings and tax benefits that many private corporations offer their employees under 401(k) plans.
  • Women, Infants, Children Program (WIC). WIC provides Federal grants to States for supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition education for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and non-breastfeeding postpartum women, and to infants and children up to age five who are found to be at nutritional risk.

Healthcare

  • Health Benefits Advisor (HBA) provides information on health/dental programs
    (1-800 9HBA HBA).
  • Navy Wounded Warrior - Safe Harbor coordinates the non-medical care of seriously wounded, ill, and injured Sailors, Coast Guardsmen, and their families.
  • TRICARE provides plan information for your geographical area.

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Educational

Spouse Employment

Parenting

  • eXtension (Military Families) is where more than 70 university content providers can gather and produce new educational and information resources on wide-ranging topics.
  • MilitaryParenting.org is a free, online course providing a "boot camp" approach to the basics of parenting.

 

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