Harry Newton's In Search of The Perfect Investment
Newton's In Search Of The Perfect Investment. Technology Investor.
8:30 AM Tuesday, September 6, 2005: Are
you prepared for a disaster? Check the Internet. Disaster has become big
business. There are a zillion purveyors of advice and kits. I read a bunch.
They try to solve everyone's situation with a generic kit. Everyone is
different. This is my thinking:
+ Will you stay home? If so, do you have sufficient supplies if your home has
no gas, no electricity, no water and the supermarkets and the roads are closed?
You need a generator and gas to power it with. Gas deteriorates with time. To
store gas, you need to add a special chemical which you get at your local automotive
+ Do you have a radio that can be handcranked -- so you can hear news.
+ Will you leaving by car, foot or bicycle? This affects how much you can take.
+ Do you have a second home, a relative or friend you can head for and meet
your family at? Is that place stocked?
+ How well are your finances secured? Do you know where all your monies and
important documents are? Call it your financial inventory. It's good to have
copies of everything in a waterproof bag you can take.
+ First aid kits, with drugs you take regularly
+ Sanitation stuff
+ Warm clothing and bedding (sleeping bags)
+ Things for family members with special needs, e.g. infants or grandparents
+ A family disaster plan.
I'm not a disaster "freak." I don't plan to hole up in the hills and
become Harry the Hermit. Our family has had two mini-disasters: Our house
in the country was cut off from the world for several days by a huge snow storm.
We had no electricity and no phones. We also had 9/11 in New York City. Today
I'll do two things:
+ Buy a waterproof envelope and put my financial inventory in -- along with
$2,500 in cash.
+ Buy a couple of simple backpacks and fill them with water, food, first aid
stuff and warm clothing. I'll put them somewhere I can grab them fast.
the Red Cross's Family Disaster Plan, click
For FEMA's Family Disaster Supplies Kit, click
For Harvard's suggestions, click here.
For kit suggestions from the Montana Disaster and Emergency, click
a long Earthquake and Disaster Preparedness Kit, click
For Yahoo! Canada's extensive list,
For some commercially sold kits -- from
Blackberry. I like my Verizon Blackberry. It's overkill for what
I need. But it has its uses. One disadvantage is that it searches the web from
Canada. Go to Google, you hit Google Canada. You get to Google America by hitting
the link "Go to Google.com" at the bottom of Google Canada.To
find that link took a while. It's not in any of anyone's literature.
Two blondes were filling up at a gas station and the first blonde
says to the second, "I bet these awful gas prices are going to go even
The second blonde replies,"Won't affect me.......I always just put in just
+ US Tennis Open TV Schedule. Click
+ Manhattan Pharmaceuticals: Click
+ NovaDel Biosciences appeals. Click
+ Hana Biosciences appeals. Click
+ All turned on by biotech. Click
+ Steve Jobs Commencement Address. The text is available:
Click here. The full audio is available. Click
+ The March of the Penguins, an exquisite movie. Click
+ When to sell your stocks. Click
This column is about my personal search for the perfect investment. I don't
give investment advice. For that you have to be registered with regulatory authorities,
which I am not. I am a reporter and an investor. I make my daily column -- Monday
through Friday -- freely available for three reasons: Writing is good for sorting
things out in my brain. Second, the column is research for a book I'm writing
called "In Search of the Perfect Investment." Third, I encourage
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