Emergency Preparedness – Professional Organizers Blog Carnival

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Welcome to the September 2013 issue of the Professional Organizers Blog Carnival! Since it’s National Preparedness Month, this issue is dedicated to raising your awareness of this very important topic. We are grateful to HomeZada for sponsoring this month’s issue, and we’re sure you’ll pick up some great ideas to help your clients and yourselves prepare for the unexpected.

Congratulations are in order, as Stacey Agin Murray has joined the ranks of our Professional Organizers Blog Carnival Star Bloggers with her post, On Hurricanes, Organization and Being Thankful.

Be sure to connect with our other participants as well:

Audrey Cupo – Be Prepared – 5 Things You Need for the Emergency Room

Linda Vanderkolk – Organizing your emergency kit

Rashelle Isip – Organizing Tip: How to Organize Volunteers

Laura Wittmann – How to Put Together an Emergency Preparedness Kit

Ellen Delap – Emergency Preparedness: Organizing Your Important Documents

Ramona Creel – Your Emergency File

Jill Annis – Are you prepared for an emergency?

Linda Samuels – 3 Perspective Shifts

Nancy Borg – Organizing for an Emergency

Janice Russell – Organizing in advance of earthquakes, hurricanes & such

Hazel Thornton – Don’t Forget the 7Ps!

Jonda Beattie – Grab and Go Bag

Linda Clevenger – In the Event of a Disaster

Thanks again to everyone who shared so much valuable information by taking part in the Professional Organizers Blog Carnival, and to HomeZada for their generous sponsorship.

The sponsorship for next month is available, when our topic will be Workplace Clutter, and you have until 10 AM EDT on Monday, October 7, 2013 to submit your post.

We’ll soon be planning our topics for 2014, so please let me know if you have any suggestions!

Topics for 2024

Forming New Habits
Submission dates: December 21 to January 17
Sponsor: Geralin Thomas, Career Coach to Professional Organizers

Creative Storage Solutions
Submission dates: January 18 to February 14
Sponsor: Sabrina’s Organizing & Admin Services

Money Management
Submission dates: February 15 to March 20
Sponsor: Mindflows for ADHD

Education and Organizing
Submission dates: March 21 to April 17
Sponsorship available

Filing Systems
Submission dates: April 18 to May 15
Sponsor: Sabrina’s Organizing & Admin Services

Submission dates: May 16 to June 19
Sponsor: Peggy Wonder, Space For You

Writing and Organizing
Submission dates: June 20 to July 17
Sponsorship available

Meal Planning
Submission dates: July 18 to August 14
Sponsorship available

Organizing Meetings
Submission dates: August 15 to September 18
Sponsorship available

Organizing for Seasonal Changes
Submission dates: September 19 to October 16
Sponsorship available

Best Organizing & Productivity Books
Submission dates: October 17 to November 20
Sponsorship available

Best of 2024
Submission dates: November 21 to December 25
Sponsorship available

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Janet Barclay

A former professional organizer, I now eliminate stress for my clients by hosting, monitoring, and maintaining their WordPress sites so they don’t have to worry about security, downtime or performance issues. When I’m away from my desk, I enjoy reading, photography, watching movies, and cooking.

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  1. Linda Samuels Linda Samuels on September 10, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    You’ve done it once again, Janet! What a terrific collection of posts. There’s quite the variety, which includes everything from long checklists to short ones, emotional to practical advice, and more. No one likes to think about potential emergencies, or at least I don’t, but we all will experience them at some point in our lives. Some can’t be avoided, while others can. Being prepared can make all the difference in how we manage. Thanks again for the inspired collection and for giving me the opportunity to participate.

    • Avatar Janet Barclay on September 11, 2013 at 6:33 am

      Linda, thanks for taking the time to comment! I think it’s true that most of us don’t like to think about emergencies – and I for one found it a bit scary reading all of these posts – but they do serve as an important reminder to get our plans and systems in place.

      • Linda Samuels Linda Samuels on September 11, 2013 at 8:48 am

        I know what you mean about finding it a “bit scary” reading these posts. You reminded me of an interesting experience. Traveling in an airport shuttle bus on to check into my hotel for a conference, the group of organizers also going to the conference, started talking (as we’re known to do.) The topic of emergencies came up. One of them said they her family regularly talks about emergency prep plans because her husband works for the Red Cross. In her family, being prepared IS the culture. For her, there was no fear in discussing the topics or being practical about what to do in preparation for an emergency. She just saw it as a way of life, which allowed her to live with less stress, knowing how ready her family was to handle the unexpected. It was an interesting perspective…facing it head on vs. head in the sand.

        • Avatar Janet Barclay on September 11, 2013 at 10:39 am

          That’s a really good point, Linda. Knowing you’re prepared for something can make the possibility of it happening a lot less scary. I used to know someone who owned and operated a funeral home, and their child was often present while they were working, and to him it was just a part of everyday life.

  2. Avatar Shannon Gibson on June 6, 2018 at 5:10 pm

    Janet, I found these blogs to provide great content! If we could all check something off our wishlist that would instantly come true, I’m sure that never having an Emergency or disaster is one of them. This topic was needed and is surely invaluable to anyone. I mean who doesn’t need more tips on staying safe and restoring balance into their lives? I also enjoyed the simplicity and structure of the content, along with titles of each blog, it gave the posts a sense of flow, and I’m looking forward to reading furture submissions.

    • Avatar Janet Barclay on June 8, 2018 at 6:07 am

      I have to admit that it’s hard to read this type of content, because we don’t really want to think about this stuff, but it’s so important!

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