Archive for the ‘Emergency’ Category

Haiti, New Orleans, now Japan…all places we think of when we consider the power of nature.  Seeing the devastation from last week’s earthquake and tsunami, while the loss is tradgic, the strength and preparedness of the people of Japan is amazing. 

Tragedies can occur anywhere and anytime.  What if your home, neighborhood or city was destroyed?  How difficult a time would you and your family have?

If relying on medication is a part of your daily routine, carry a list of your prescriptions in your wallet or handbag.  Include prescription numbers and the prescribing physician. 

Keep a “stash” of cash available.  If power goes out it could be days or weeks before ATM’s or banks are up and running.  

It is easy to think food is plentiful as your pantry stays stocked.  Seeing entire neighborhoods decimated this week, it makes sense to have an emergency “grab & go kit”.  Replenish every six months with water, dried foods, flash lights, blankets, plastic bags, and change of clothes.   Also include a few days of medicines.

For more emergency ideas and preparedness information check out:

Preparation Nation
American Red Cross

It seems with every catastrophe we realize new lessons for preparing for the worst should the same happen here.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Japan.


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While driving in the Tennessee snow last month, WIVK-FM’s Andy and Alison  were joking that no winter gloves were to be found in Knoxville after the city turned white.  One even said they could not find boots so their kids could go sledding.  But with a chuckle they noticed the stores had a huge supply of spring bathing suits.

This is one reason last month was Get Organized Month.  It’s a time to realize that getting organized is more than having everything in a certain place or being free of clutter.  Being organzied is about saving time and being prepared for what happens in life.

Here in Los Angeles we don’t have to worry about snow shovels, but what about this weekend’s rain?  Did anyone buy their umbrella after the skies turned dark?

Don’t wait for the next storm to come in your life.  Make your list of what may be needed in the coming months and save yourself both frustration and time.

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Let’s play a Get Organized Month game.   In five minutes find all the important documents that relate to the milestones in your life.  Where are your Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate, Divorce Documents, Death Certificates of immediate family, or even Wills or Trust documents?

It really isn’t a fun game, but it could save many headaches if these documents are needed for government filings for Social Security.  Have a file for these vital records and keep copies in a safe deposit box at your bank. 

Can’t find a document?  Check out VitalChek.com and don’t wait until it is needed.  Order  Birth, Death, Marriage and Divorce records from this site for most states and not have to wait when you need them.

Getting organized is a great way to start the New Year.

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Tips for National Preparedness Month

September is the time to think of how to be prepared should tragedy strike your home, business or family.  National Preparedness Month began in 2004 and is sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and many related agencies including the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO).

If you have an emergency kit, this month is a good time to review contents and replace batteries, food supplies and fresh water.  You don’t have a kit?  Make one.  In earthquake regions like ours, it could take days to get home if you are out when the big one comes.  So it is best to keep supplies in your car.

A family emergency plan is essential to connect with loved ones should there be a crisis.  Check out Ready.gov for tips to keep everyone connected if you should be separated.

To protect the contents of your home with a home inventory of all your assets to include replacement costs and related information.  Claims are more easily processed when complete information is provided after a loss.

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