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  • Start learning about your new community; shopping districts, location of hospitals, police and fire departments, etc. Contact the Chamber of Commerce or Visitor's Bureau to request information on schools, parks and recreation, community calendars and maps. Your Family Service Center Relocation Specialist can assist in gathering web addresses, phone numbers and other Points of Contact pertaining to your new community.

FOUR WEEKS BEFORE MOVE

  • Make final, detailed calendar for your move (check out the interactive calendar available through the Plan My Move program hosted at < www.militaryhomefront.dod.mil >.

  • Start including your children in the process. Make it exciting and fun by having your kids do some of their own packing and labeling.

  • Go over your finances and determine if you could use financial counseling or assistance.

  • Notify schools of your move and arrange to pick up records or ask for the procedures for sending records to the new schools. Be sure to ask that the school enclose any school or state testing done on your child http://www.soarathome.org/ , http://www.greatschools.net or http://militaryk12partners.dodea.edu/references.html . Contact the nearest School Liaison Officer at the Base nearest your Gaining Command http://militaryk12partners.dodea.edu/ .

  • Ensure that your entire family is properly listed on the Defense Eligibility Enrollment Reporting System (DEERS) 1(800)538-9552.

  • Make a list of important phone numbers.

  • If you haven’t done so already, update or document your property online for free at: http://www.knowyourstuff.org

  • Finalize arrangements of your Household Goods or make reservations if you're renting a truck or trailer www.move.mil .

  • Decide what goes with you, what to sell, what to store and what to give away. Hold a garage sale.

  • If you have a forwarding address (say, your gaining command or your sponsor), you can mail some of your household goods and have them waiting for you upon your arrival. You can be reimbursed for the cost of postage. Just keep the receipts and submit them when liquidating your HHG move (for more detailed information on this, contact the Personal Property Office).

  • Begin packing seldom-used articles.

  • Confirm hotel/Navy Lodge reservations.

THREE WEEKS BEFORE MOVE

Check expiration date on military identification cards; update if necessary < http://www.psasd.navy.mil/west/west idcards.asp > or < https://es.cac.navy.mil > If pets will travel separately from family, make arrangements. Computer buffs back up important files. If having more than one shipment, know weight limits of each, decide contents and begin separating. .

TWO WEEKS BEFORE MOVE

  • Dispose of flammable liquids such as spray paints, solvents and thinners, and

gas/oil/spark plugs in lawn mowers.

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