Tips for Families Staying At Home During The Virus Shutdown

By: Todd Hall

03/24/2020

 

During this time of uncertainty, social distancing, and strange work environments, Homrich Berg would like to share some helpful resources with you and your loved ones. Like many of you, our employees are adjusting to the need to work remotely and, in many cases, to home-school their kids at the same time.

We encourage you to share this blog with anyone who may find it helpful. Please do not hesitate to contact us for anything at this time.

 

Grocery Delivery and Pick-Up Services:

Publix Grocery Delivery                              https://delivery.publix.com/

Kroger Grocery Delivery                              https://www.kroger.com/i/ways-to-shop/delivery

Kroger Grocery Pick-Up                                 https://www.kroger.com/topic/clicklist

Target Pick-Up                                                  https://www.target.com/c/order-pickup/-/N-ng0a0

Wal-Mart Grocery Delivery                        https://grocery.walmart.com/

Amazon Prime Now Grocery Delivery      https://primenow.amazon.com/

Costco Grocery Delivery:               https://www.costco.com/my-life-costco-grocery-online-delivery.html

 

Food Delivery Services:

Uber Eats           https://www.ubereats.com/

DoorDash          https://www.doordash.com/

GrubHub            https://www.grubhub.com/

Postmates          https://postmates.com/

 

Official websites to keep up with rapidly evolving efforts to fight the virus and protect the economy

Federal Government multiple agency information site: www.Coronavirus.gov

CDC updates: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

IRS updates: https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus

State of Georgia COVID-19 Webpage:  https://dph.georgia.gov/novelcoronavirus

 

Tips for Working at Home:

https://www.npr.org/2020/03/15/815549926/8-tips-to-make-working-from-home-work-for-you

https://www.businessinsider.com/how-to-work-from-home-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak-2020-3

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/coronavirus-pandemic-tips-for-working-from-home/

 

Ideas and Free Educational Materials for Kids at Home:

  • Crash Course YouTube Channel – Online courses on various subjects from Astronomy to US History and Anatomy & Physiology
  • Crash Course Kids Youtube Channel – This bi-weekly show from the producers of Crash Course is all about gradeschool science.
  • Smarter Every Day YouTube Channel – An entertaining channel dedicated to exploring the world using science.
  • Scholastic Learn at Home— Daily projects for kids in pre-K through grade 9.
  • Epic— A digital library for kids up to age 12.
  • Khan Academy— Short online courses in subjects ranging from world history to economics, along with sample daily schedules to help get kids on a routine.
  • Outschool— Live online classes for kids ages 3 to 18.
  • BrainPop— Lessons in all subjects for kindergarten through grade 8; some school districts are supplying parents with passwords to log in free of charge.
  • Org— Online coding classes.

 

Things are changing rapidly on all fronts. If you liked this post please feel free to sign up for future blog updates here.

If you have questions don’t hesitate to reach out to your HB team. If you do not have an HB service team, click here to contact us or click here to learn more about Homrich Berg.

Tips for Families Staying At Home During The Virus Shutdown

By: Todd Hall

03/24/2020

 

During this time of uncertainty, social distancing, and strange work environments, Homrich Berg would like to share some helpful resources with you and your loved ones. Like many of you, our employees are adjusting to the need to work remotely and, in many cases, to home-school their kids at the same time.

We encourage you to share this blog with anyone who may find it helpful. Please do not hesitate to contact us for anything at this time.

 

Grocery Delivery and Pick-Up Services:

Publix Grocery Delivery                              https://delivery.publix.com/

Kroger Grocery Delivery                              https://www.kroger.com/i/ways-to-shop/delivery

Kroger Grocery Pick-Up                                 https://www.kroger.com/topic/clicklist

Target Pick-Up                                                  https://www.target.com/c/order-pickup/-/N-ng0a0

Wal-Mart Grocery Delivery                        https://grocery.walmart.com/

Amazon Prime Now Grocery Delivery      https://primenow.amazon.com/

Costco Grocery Delivery:               https://www.costco.com/my-life-costco-grocery-online-delivery.html

 

Food Delivery Services:

Uber Eats           https://www.ubereats.com/

DoorDash          https://www.doordash.com/

GrubHub            https://www.grubhub.com/

Postmates          https://postmates.com/

 

Official websites to keep up with rapidly evolving efforts to fight the virus and protect the economy

Federal Government multiple agency information site: www.Coronavirus.gov

CDC updates: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

IRS updates: https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus

State of Georgia COVID-19 Webpage:  https://dph.georgia.gov/novelcoronavirus

 

Tips for Working at Home:

https://www.npr.org/2020/03/15/815549926/8-tips-to-make-working-from-home-work-for-you

https://www.businessinsider.com/how-to-work-from-home-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak-2020-3

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/coronavirus-pandemic-tips-for-working-from-home/

 

Ideas and Free Educational Materials for Kids at Home:

  • Crash Course YouTube Channel – Online courses on various subjects from Astronomy to US History and Anatomy & Physiology
  • Crash Course Kids Youtube Channel – This bi-weekly show from the producers of Crash Course is all about gradeschool science.
  • Smarter Every Day YouTube Channel – An entertaining channel dedicated to exploring the world using science.
  • Scholastic Learn at Home— Daily projects for kids in pre-K through grade 9.
  • Epic— A digital library for kids up to age 12.
  • Khan Academy— Short online courses in subjects ranging from world history to economics, along with sample daily schedules to help get kids on a routine.
  • Outschool— Live online classes for kids ages 3 to 18.
  • BrainPop— Lessons in all subjects for kindergarten through grade 8; some school districts are supplying parents with passwords to log in free of charge.
  • Org— Online coding classes.

 

Things are changing rapidly on all fronts. If you liked this post please feel free to sign up for future blog updates here.

If you have questions don’t hesitate to reach out to your HB team. If you do not have an HB service team, click here to contact us or click here to learn more about Homrich Berg.

Happy Andyversary!

In honor of our 30th Anniversary, HB employees used their talents to create a special “Happy Andyversary” video tribute to HB and our founder Andy Berg – enjoy!

https://youtu.be/h5oFXileQT4

Kevin Kraus

Trekking Travel Tools – Documents

By: Kevin Kraus

10/04/2019

Remember the good ole days when security at the airports was virtually non-existent and a passport was not even necessary to travel to some countries. Well, times have sure changed, and traveling outside the country has become more complicated and even more dangerous.

Countries around the world are changing their document requirements for entry because of heightened security issues and child trafficking concerns. If you don’t check for the latest regulations to the countries you plan on visiting, you could find your trip significantly delayed or cancelled. For example, we found out a parent taking a child into Canada without the other parent needs a letter from the non-traveling parent giving their consent and acknowledgement of the trip. Other countries, such as South Africa and Botswana, may ask for raised-seal birth certificates for minor children before entering their countries even though they may not be technically required to do so any longer.

Thus, it is no longer safe to assume that if a country does not require a visa then all you need is a passport. Actually, they may require birth certificates, immunization records or documentation of when you will be leaving the country, such as a return plane reservation. It is even recommended that you keep your prescription drugs segregated in each of their own bottles with the prescription information easily readable. Phillip Thompson, senior director at G3 Global Services, recommends parents traveling with children always have copies of birth certificates even if they are not required since passports of minors do not list the parents’ names.

Within the past couple of years the requirements have been constantly changing between countries as the U.S. has begun tightening their entry requirements. In a tit-for-tat, countries are tending to retaliate when it comes to entry requirements. When the U.S. tightened requirements on Chinese tourists, China retaliated by making it more difficult for U.S. residents to obtain a visa to travel to China. Additionally, in 2021 the European Union will begin requiring U.S. citizens to obtain “travel authorization” permits (a scaled down version of a visa) at least three days prior to a trip which will then be good for three years. As you plan your next trip abroad, the best place to start is the U.S. State department – but do not stop there as entry requirements can often be incomplete or not yet updated for recent changes made by a foreign country to their entry requirements.

Here are some additional tips for traveling internationally:

  • Make sure your passport is valid for at least six months from the end of your trip.
  • Carry extra passport photos and $50-$100 of cash in case a country requires a visa on the spot even if it is just considered an entry fee.
  • Consider registering with the State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program “STEP”. It is a free program providing safety updates and puts you in contact with local embassies and consulates in case of an emergency.
  • Have access to copies of passports, birth certificates, medical prescriptions, and credit cards in case you lose your originals. I always keep an on-line copy of these on my iPad and a copy back at work to facilitate replacement if these are lost or stolen.

It’s an unexplained phenomenon, but it often seems as we set out on vacation, we assume we are shielded from harm by an invisible bubble. That couldn’t be further from the truth as dangers lurk around every corner and nook in the world. Risks can range from stolen documents, medical emergencies, to kidnappings as recently experienced by a U.S. tourist in Uganda. While much can be done ahead of time to prepare and minimize for the risks you may encounter, it may also be worth considering travel insurance and not just the basic kind that will reimburse you for cancelled travel plans.

Most travelers don’t fully understand travel insurance, rescue and medical evacuation services, or how to best prepare themselves for a dire emergency away from home. Christophe Noel, an adventure travel expert, uncovered a number of reoccurring themes: “The majority of the travelers I interviewed not only didn’t know what type of emergency resources were available where they were traveling, they didn’t know if they were financially obligated to pay for those services if rendered. Even more unsettling was the number of people who had purchased some form of travel protection not realizing what it covered—and what it did not. The most common misconception was that active health, home, and auto insurance would fully cover a policyholder in the event of an emergency in another country. While some coverage may overlap, most of it will not. Lastly, an alarming number of travelers just assumed if tragedy intersected with their trip, emergency response resources would be available. That is never a given. In some cases, your rescue is fully in your hands. Are you prepared for that outcome?”

Our team at Homrich Berg has done some basic research on travel insurance and suggest clients wanting trip insurance should consider using Global Rescue or Ripcord Rescue. Global Rescue can also provide a detailed “Destination Report” on each country you are visiting describing the risks you may encounter during your visit. Both companies offer a menu of services to choose from and the pricing works on an a-la-carte basis.

Some examples of services include:

  • Real time information and alerts while traveling.
  • Field rescue services with transportation to the hospital of your choice with generous expense caps between $500k to $750k.
  • Extensive global network of medical and security advisory services.
  • Legal and document assistance.
  • Security evacuation for unexpected natural disasters, civil unrest, terrorism, geo-political events, war or other dangerous or chaotic events often staffed by former military expert veterans.
  • Translators and communication services to family members to keep them apprised of the situation.

In working with numerous services companies over the years, we have reached one inescapable conclusion: No plan is perfect. Some users of every program or service have been disappointed with a particular service or been faced with unexpected expenses while others have had experiences that far exceed their expectations and quite literally saved the day. This is not to say it’s a crapshoot, but like everything in life, there are no guarantees. However, one thing is certain, some protection is far better than none.

 

Paul-Ribes

Reshaping HB’s Commute Experience

By: Paul Ribes

04/05/2019

In June 2018, Homrich Berg moved into a new custom-made office, perfectly fit for our collaborative culture and a centralized Atlanta location close to the majority of our clients and employees. As ideal as this location was, the building came with a new challenge: 117 seats and only 65 parking spaces in the building! To face this parking capacity issue, we knew we’d need to promote alternative forms of transportation. Fortunately, as part of our office location selection, we picked a building conveniently located right next to the Buckhead MARTA station. So, with the infrastructure there, all we needed to do was change the mindsets of our employees.

Our main goal with our alternative transportation push was not only to break the myth that public transportation was inferior with solid research and educational programs, but find a handful of internal champions who could clearly see the problems with driving to test out alternative transportation options. Having lived in the New York area and working around the world for a number of years, I know that public transportation is often the best form of transportation. Driving in Atlanta traffic is not only stressful, but entirely unpredictable day to day. In our education and comparative experiences, we asked everyone to focus on their QUALITY of time commuting: not driving with some of the most aggressive drivers in the country, being free to check emails on the train, time to prepare notes for an upcoming meeting, time to unwind after a long day, and even time for a nice short walk.

What started as solving a parking capacity issue turned into giving many of our employees a better way to get to work. The changes we made required a small group of energetic people to work out a better alternative, and then an investment in education campaigns and incentives to change. In every instance, the program results have been life changing for our employees, from a much less stressful alternative to Atlanta’s Fast and Furious driving experience to feeling happier having exposure to natural light in our new office space. When people are less stressed and happier, they like each other more and work better together, and that’s a very good thing for everyone!

Oh, and I almost forgot, everyone does have a parking spot!

Happy Halloween from HB!

National College Colors Day at HB!

2018 Summer Interns

Homrich Berg welcomes its 2018 Summer Intern Class. For many years HB has mentored college students who want to have hands on experience in financial planning. We are excited to have this great group join us this summer!

 

HB Volunteer Day

We had a blast spending the fourth annual HB Day volunteering at JA of Georgia’s Chick-Fil-A Foundation Discovery Center. Through realistic exercises, like maintaining a budget and learning to operate a business, we were able to teach a group of middle schoolers critical financial literacy skills!

UGA Financial Planning Fair

A few of our associates travelled to Athens to be a part of the UGA Financial Planning, Housing, and Consumer Economics Fair today!