If you had to rank your family’s emergency preparedness from 1 to 10, where would you fall?
75% of Americans are concerned about natural disasters or serious accidents affecting their communities. But 41% say the are not prepared for it according to a 2018 YouGov poll. But never fear (bad pun intended), I’ve brought in professional organizer and emergency planning expert Heather K. Powers from Creatively Organized Spaces to help you start organizing and creating an emergency plan for your family.
Heather is a former textile designer turned professional organizer from Charleston, South Carolina where she runs Creatively Organized Spaces. She started teaching classes on organizing in case of an emergency about a year ago. Heather noticed a combination of increased weather situations with a lack of plan follow-through among her clients. She is passionate about helping you plan to stay safe and recover quickly in any emergency.
HEATHER’S TIPS FOR ORGANIZING IN CASE OF EMERGENCY
Read below for highlights from Heather tips for preparing your home and family in case of an emergency.
- Research the type of emergencies that happen in your area. Check with your local municipality to find out what kind of resources provide. Look for supply lists and evacuation routes.
- Think about what you can do to protect your family while in your home, if you need to get out of your home, or if you need to leave the area of your home.
- Take a little time to follow through on your emergency plan. And practice it. Get those emergency ladders installed. Meet up at your meeting point. Review emergency contact numbers.
- And while we’re talking emergency contacts…be sure the “in case of emergency” phone number in your cell phone is entered and up to date.
- Consult your local resources or search online for shelter in place kit checklists. Kits may include items like:
- basic tools
- protective clothing
- medications/first aid
- non-perishable food
- an emergency radio
- a phone charger (solar and/or car)
- non-electric entertainment (like board games, puzzles or books
- lighting either by flashlight, lanterns or candles (be safe not to catch structure on fire)
- Talk to your family tonight about where you will all meet if you need to get out of the house.
Here is a link to the solar-powered or hand-crank lantern/radio that can also charge your phone (phew!) from Amazon that I mention in the episode. We use ours while camping but I think I will purchase an additional one for our shelter in place kit. Click the link above or on the picture below (Full Disclosure: this is an Amazon affiliate link.
For even more ideas and tips on organizing in case of an emergency, I have created a playlist of YouTube videos I created a while back on just this topic. Watch below while I discuss what paperwork you need to protect, how to create an emergency car kit, talking to your family about making an emergency exit and more.
EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS RESOURCES
- Contact Heather at Creatively Organized Spaces
- Emergency Plan Info from Ready.gov
- Disaster Preparedness Plan Info from the American Red Cross
Heather’s Hibiscus Cooler
- 3 oz Hibiscus Juice or Strongly Brewed Hibiscus Tea
- 1 oz Simple Syrup
- 2 oz Citrus Vodka
- 3 oz Citrus Sparkling Water
- If serving cold…Mix hibiscus juice/tea, simple syrup, and vodka in a cocktail shaker. Pour over ice in a glass. Fill with citrus sparkling water.
- If serving hot…Brew cup of tea. Add simple syrup and vodka.
New episodes of “Cocktails and Containers” are available every week.
You can find past episodes “Cocktails and Containers” here.