Get Ready!

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Fall is my absolute favorite time of the year! I love the colors, cooler weather, and the anticipation of the holidays. It's a season of preparation. 

September is National Preparedness Month. The National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) is part of a coalition organized by the US Dept. of Homeland Security to inform and guide people through the steps of preparing for an emergency. Being prepared is a sure-fire way to reduce stress when you encounter the unexpected. (See A Timely Tip) 

It's also important to prepare for the expected events like Thanksgiving and Christmas! If you'd like to reduce the holiday madness and increase your holiday joy, join my "Organizing Your Holidays" class this October.

A Timely Tip - Get Ready!

Fire Emergency Preparedness

  • Install dual sensor smoke alarms
  • Create and practice an escape plan
  • Purchase a fire extinguisher

Basic Emergency Supply Kit

  • Water - 1 gal/person/day (3-day supply)
  • Food - non-perishable food (3-day supply); can opener if needed 
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit and manual

Family Emergency Plan

  • Complete a Family Emergency Plan Form (
  • Identify a local and an out-of town contact
  • Record "ICE" (In Case of Emergency) contact number in family cell phones
  • Identify a family meeting place
  • Inquire about emergency plans at work, daycare and school

Free Emergency Preparedness Lists, Forms & Information