Organizing for Emergencies

November 14, 2019 10:03 PM | Carolyn Thompson (Administrator)

November 15, 2019


Diane Greenhalgh, Priority Focused Organizing

November 15, 2019

  • Check out https://www.ready.gov/kit for a list of emergency supplies to pack.
  • Include a flashlight in bedrooms and other areas so you and your family can find your way around if the power goes out. Some flashlights you can plug into the power outlet to keep them charged and they will light up when the power goes out so you can find them.
  • Put emergency cash in a secure but easily accessible spot that you can access even in the dark. If power and/or the Internet are down you won’t be able to use your credit cards. Include enough for your family for lodging, food, gas and other supplies for at least a few days.
  • Create an emergency folder that includes copies of your license, passport, account information, medications list (including doses and doctor who prescribed them) and other important documents and information.
  • Charge your phone and other electronics regularly, especially overnight. Some people charge their phone when they are getting ready in the morning or when they get to work. If an emergency happens in the middle of the night you won’t have the ability to use your phone for very long. You want to have as much battery life available as possible. Also, charge it in the same spot every night so you don’t have to go searching for it.
  • Create one person as your point of contact for friends and family to get updates from. You will have other things on your mind and won’t have the time or phone charge to update everyone. Let the contact know where on social media you will post updates for everyone when you can.
  • Store memorabilia in waterproof totes where they are easily accessible so you can grab and go. For electronic information, it is a good idea to have one of your backups on the cloud just in case something happens to your home.
  • Keep travel supplies stocked and ready to go, including a power strip with USB inputs. What you would use for a trip you will also need if you are forced to evacuate.
  • Don’t forget supplies for the fur babies. Don’t just include food and medication. Be sure to include a leash, bowls, and other items. Include a list of hotel chains that allow pets.


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