The Connection received numerous member responses to the June 2009 articles on disaster preparedness (“Disaster preparedness in the
home”; “Disaster preparedness tips for business”). Here are some additional steps they
Keep some cash on hand if you need to
purchase anything, as stores might not be able
to process credit or debit cards.
Always have a backup list of your account
numbers, policy numbers and important
phone numbers available.
Take photos of your possessions and how
they are set up in their various rooms, and
record their model and serial numbers to
keep in a safe place.
Always have copies of your driver’s license,
passport and birth certificate in case they are
needed for identification after a disaster.
We’d like Costco families to remember
that family disaster-preparedness kits and
evacuation plans should also include family
Costco member Brian Rabold’s entry
is one of more than 800 The Costco
Connection received in its 2008
cartoon contest. Be sure to enter
this year’s contest! (see ad at right)
pets and take into consideration their food,
water, shelter and identification needs.
To help people make plans with their
animals in mind, the American Veterinary
Medical Association offers free resources on
its Web site (
Heather Case, D.V.M.
Thank you for featuring our Web site as
a resource in Costco’s 2008 Household
Almanac. [Available online at Costco.com;
enter “almanac” into the search box.] We’ve
recently done a major expansion of our
sites, including brand-new free guides, such
as “Safe Family Emergency Tips,” “Safe
Student Emergency Tips” and “Seven Steps
to NOK Notification” for healthcare professionals. They can be found at
We’ve also added full action plans that
give families and college students all the
checklists, plans and inventories/forms they
need to prepare for nearly any medical emergency or disaster in only one afternoon. They
include grab-it-and-go forms, wallet cards
and emergency plans (
Next of Kin Education Project/
My wife and I just returned from our
annual pilgrimage to the Phil Ritson–Mel Sole
Golf School and saw their story in your magazine (“Love links,” Member Connection, June
2009). We both recommend this school highly
to anyone looking to enjoy their golf more.
The teachers make learning fun and truly
inspire you to commit to a practice plan.
We are new members of Costco in
Altamonte Springs, Florida, just north of
Orlando, and we’ve really enjoyed our privileges from prescriptions to food to new eyeglasses.
When The Costco Connection magazine
comes I read it from cover to cover. There
are so many interesting articles, from
Michael J. Fox (“On the bright side of life,”
April 2009) to Ann Mulcahy (“No carbon
copy,” June 2009). I especially enjoyed the
social networking article (“Getting the buzz
going,” June 2009), and since I am an avid
reader and member of a great book club, I
love the book reviews and love to see some
of my favorite authors interviewed.
Draw an original cartoon based on a
Costco shopping experience, a situation
using Costco’s products or anything that
comes to mind when you think of Costco.
Winning entries will be published in future
editions of The Costco Connection.
NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND IS
NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN THIS CONTEST.
THIS IS A SKILL CONTEST.
Purchase will not improve odds of winning. Void where
prohibited. Sponsored by Crayola and Sanford (“Sponsors”).
Winners will be selected by The Costco Connection staff,
who will judge all entries on the basis of originality,
creativity and whether a quick inspection of the entry
quickly communicates that it is about Costco. Decisions
of the judges are final. One $500 Costco Cash Card will
be awarded as first prize, one $250 Costco Cash Card
will be awarded as second prize, and one $100 Costco
Cash Card will be awarded as third prize. Employees of
Costco and the Sponsors and their affiliates and families
are not eligible to enter or win. To enter, submit entry by
regular mail to The Costco Connection Cartoon Contest,
PO Box 34088, Seattle, WA 98124-1088, or by e-mail to
firstname.lastname@example.org, with “Cartoon Contest” in
subject line. Must include your name. Limit one entry
per household. Entries must be received by 11: 59 P.M.
PST on September 30, 2009. Winners will be chosen on
or around October 17, 2009, and notified by mail as soon
as administratively feasible thereafter. Except where
prohibited by law, Contest entry constitutes consent to
use winner’s name and entry for purposes of advertising
and promotion, without further compensation or consent.
By entering, all entrants grant to Costco and Sponsor a
royalty-free, perpetual license to use their entries for any
purpose whatsoever. Entrant waives all claims against
Costco Wholesale, the Sponsors, their employees and
agents for injuries, damage or losses related to the Contest