Emergency Preparedness – Professional Organizers Blog Carnival

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.

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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.

Please join me in welcoming Linda Donegan who is our newest participant, with her post, And Then There Was Nothing (no longer online).

Be sure to connect with our returning participants as well:

Sue Becker – Planning for the Inevitable

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

Andi Willis – Making A 72 Hour Kit

Sara Skillen – Bring It On – Preparing for the Worst

Jill Annis – Are you prepared for an emergency?

Linda Samuels – 3 Perspective Shifts

Nancy Borg – Organizing for an Emergency

Samantha Pointer-Foxx – Being Prepared For A Disaster: Emergency Preparedness and What You Can Do

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

Hazel Thornton – Don’t Forget the 7Ps!

Tracy K. Pierce – Emergency Preparedness: Review the Contents of Your Disaster Bin

Jonda Beattie – Grab and Go Bag

Korinne Kubena Belock – Three Steps to Preparedness

Jacquie Ross – Free tips and checklist for preparing an emergency preparedness kit

Moreen Torpy – Alberta Flood and Organizing

Heather Burke – In case of Emergency – do not break glass; break out the first aid kit – Pets need first aid kits, too!! (no longer online)

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!

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  1. 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.

    • 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.

      • 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.

        • 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.

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