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Let the crisis in Japan remind us of what we need to do here at home.

My heart goes out to all of my friends in Japan, and hopefully Operation HOPE and HOPE Global Initiatives, through our HOPE Coalition America, will find a way in coming weeks and months to be helpful. I will also be writing something this week, speaking to the crisis in Japan specifically. In the meantime, what is going on with our brothers and sisters in Japan should be instructive for us here at home.

Be prepared, is my first recommendation to those living in areas prone to natural disasters, and Operation HOPE can help.

Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container. You can use the Emergency Financial First Aid Kit (EFFAK) developed by Operation Hope, FEMA and Citizen Corps to help you organize your information. Get your EFFAK at www.ready.gov or www.operationhope.org.

– Posted by John Hope Bryant

John Hope Bryant is the founder, chairman and CEO of Operation HOPE and Bryant Group Companies, Inc., author of bestselling business book LOVE LEADERSHIP: The New Way to Lead in a Fear-Based World (Jossey-Bass), and member of the U.S. President's Advisory Council on Financial Capability

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