Professional Organizers of Canada Guest Post – Are You Prepared?


Be Ready for an Emergency:  A Storm, A Blackout or an Evacuation

Sometimes, unexpected situations arise that one should be ready for at any given time. Inclement weather such as storms, power outages, tornados, autumn hurricanes, severe winter storms as well as power outages and a 15-minute evacuation order can force us to move quickly to get out of the house.

A few minutes of pre-planning for emergencies will put your mind at ease when you hear about the next nasty storm coming your way.  It is an easy project you will never regret taking the time to do and an incredibly useful exercise for you and your family.

You can’t possibly be prepared for every scenario, so consider assembling an emergency preparedness kit should your family be trapped in the home without services for 72 hours or alternatively, if the police order you to leave your home quickly.

Assemble a Ready To Go suitcase

  • Use a piece of old piece luggage or duffle bag that will make it quickly portable if required. Label your bag well with a large identifying tag.

Items to include as a basic minimum

  • Bottled water; several litres of water per person per day
  • Non-perishable food; tuna, power bars, soup, pasta and sauce, canned beans, peanut butter, fruit cups
  • A manual can opener!
  • A little one-burner propane stove
  • A flashlight is a must (with extra batteries)
  • A crank or battery operated radio
  • A first aid kit
  • Candles and a lighter
  • Some cash
  • Blankets
  • Garbage bags
  • A basic tool kit
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Moist towelettes
  • Toilet paper
  • A whistle
  • Duct tape
  • If there are pets or babies, add items as required.

Important Documents
Have a separate kit that includes important documents prepared and accessible, so you can grab it in a hurry. It should include:

  • A home inventory
  • Credit cards, passport and IDs
  • Bank accounts numbers, etc.
  • Insurance Documents including insurer’s contact information

Don’t Forget
Discuss your emergency plan, the location of your kit and its contents with each member of the family. They may be in the house when something happens or when there is no adult supervision.

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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 May 18, 2016, in Home, Productivity and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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