ICE – In Case of Emergency

Ways to prepare for the Unexpected

No matter where you live, or the time of the year, you and your family should be prepared for emergencies. Not just big disasters like hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes or fires, but medical and personal emergencies as well.

Organize Anything understands that no one wants to think about emergency situations, so we’ve come up with 5 easy, stress free ways to prepare for emergencies before you have to deal with them.

1. Cover it in ICE. ICE stands for In Case of Emergency and Emergency Service Providers (paramedics, police and firefighters) will use your phone to contact your next of kin. Make it easier for them to contact the right person by including “I.C.E” at the end of their name. It is a universally known acronym in emergency services.

2. Pick your emergency contacts carefully. So often we make our emergency contacts a loved one, not taking into consideration that we are often with our closest family and friends when things go awry. Pick an emergency contact who lives in another city or province/state. This way, your person can be a hub of contact if you and your family are separated during an environmental emergency.

3. Keep your documents in one, easy to grab place. Store photocopies of the ID, Passports, credit cards, health cards, SIN cards for every member of the family in the back of the home manual. Keep it in a central place and make sure it’s easy to see. This way, if a family friend has to run into your house to pick up important documents, they can find them quickly.

4. Know where your first aid and overnight kits are. Do you have a fully stocked first aid kit in your house? Does everyone in your family know where it is? We often forget to keep our bandages and antiseptics stocked. Check the kit when you check your fire alarm batteries. Keep your overnight kit stocked with bottled water and anything else you will need to keep your family fed (and entertained!) for at least 3 days.

5. Plan for the weather. Every where has unique weather and natural phenomena that can cause major problems for you and your family. Hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, mudslides, floods, and wild fires are all elements human beings have to combat. If you live in an area where these occur with frequency, create a plan with your family and you’re out of town emergency contacts. Schedule in you calendar an annul review and discuss with all those involved.

The most important thing to remember about preparing for emergencies is not to stress out. If you are prepared with a game plan, then you’ve done all you can do. Clear communication, simple planning and an open mind will keep you safe when the unexpected happens.


About Organize Anything

Colette is a Gold Leaf member of the Professional Organizers in Canada (POC). Through the Canadian Redesign Association (CRDA) she has received the designation of Certified Interior Redesigner. She is also a member of the U.S. professional organizing associations National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) where she has the Golden Circle distinction and is a member of Intsitute of Challenging Disorganization (ICD) where she is the first in Canada to receive her Certified Professional Organizer –CD (Chronic Disorganization) ®, ADD and CD specialist Certificates. Among her many distinctions she has also earned Level I certificates of study in Chronic disorganization (CD), Basic Mental Health Conditions, Learning Styles and Modalities, Basic ADD Issues, Physical Conditions, Client Administration and Understanding the Needs of Elderly.

Posted on July 29, 2014, in Home, Office and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Great post, Colette. My goodness you have a lot of designations under your belt. I am most impressed.

    I’m not familiar with the term I.C.E. Will you let me know what that stands for?


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