Waterhouse Lecturer Has Timely Disaster Advice

Wednesday - October 03, 2007
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Laurie Long
Laurie Long

Former Honolulu resident Laurie Long returns to the Islands this month to share some timely advice on being prepared for any disaster that comes your way, be it personal, weather- or war-related.

Long is the guest speaker in the Waterhouse Lecture Series, which opens Oct. 20 at Cornerstone Fellowship Christian Church in Mililani. Her talk and workshop runs from 4 to 6 p.m. at the church, located at 95-1080 Ukuwai St.

As an author of two books on the subject, Long will discuss “Be Prepared, Get Organized and Stop Procrastinating.” Questions for guests to consider: Could you leave in 3 minutes with everything you need to rebuild your life? Could you quickly locate all of your personal, legal and financial documents? Do you have a “get away” bag packed for every member of the family - including the kids and dog? Do you have a backup of your computer documents?

Based on her own life experience - for example, losing 12 family members and close friends within a five-year period - Long has published The Next 48 Hours (about losing a loved one and the funeral industry) and My Life in a Box ... A Life Organizer (getting control over life’s important paperwork). She also offers tips on how to archive photos and how to write your personal story as a legacy for your children and grandchildren.

For more information on the Mililani program, call Vicky Kawamae at 626-7719. Other talks are set for Oct. 21 at Kailua Community Church, Oct. 24 at Moanalua Gardens Missionary Church, and Oct. 28 at Waialae Baptist Church. (For details, call 732-5561, ext. 204.)

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