Featured Article: Are You Prepared? Get Organized for Natural Disasters
Are you prepared for a disaster? If you can’t answer “YES” to this question, then keep reading. September is “National Get Organized Month.” National Preparedness Month is a nationwide effort held each September to encourage Americans to take simple steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses and schools. National Preparedness Month 2007 is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The goal of the month is to increase public awareness about the importance of preparing for emergencies and to encourage individuals to take action.
One “organizing” project that does not always receive much thought, time or attention is getting organized and prepared for a natural disaster. Whether it’s an unexpected snow storm like we experienced in Seattle at the end of November, the December windstorm (again in Seattle), a hurricane or an earthquake, there is no time like the present to take action. There’s also nothing like a little reminder, such as the snow storm and wind storm when many lost power for days in Washington (including yours truly) to give us that nudge to take action.
In order to be prepared, you must make the “time.” Just as with any organizing project, the first step is to “make time.” And this project will take you a bit of time to complete, but when the day comes, you’ll be thankful you made the time.
Your Next Action Steps
• Make a copy of your insurance policy and ensure you understand your coverage. Be certain that your policy covers additional living expenses, temporary debris removal and temporary repair. Store the policy in a fire proof box in your home.
• Make copies of “essential document” – such as contact information, copy of driver’s license, passport, social security card, citizenship or naturalization papers, copies of front and back of credit cards, etc…store them in a waterproof container inside a fireproof safe.
• Take a household inventory.
• Stock up on food, water and batteries – enough for each family member and pet for up to three days or more. Be sure to label when the food was purchased so you can rotate your supply.
• Create a grab & go bag for each family member incase you need to suddenly leave your house.
• Strap your water heater to the wall.
This is not intended to be a complete list of what you need to do to be prepared for the next wind or snow storm or earthquake, but it is a start and everyone needs to start somewhere. Some of these ideas were taken from the book “Organize for Disaster” by Judith Kolberg. To get more information about what you need to do to be prepared, please see the Resources section of this article.
Start today so your family can rest assured you are prepared.
To help you get started, here are some resources that I know you will find helpful:
Organize for Disaster is the most comprehensive book or document I have found to help people prepare. Judith is a well-known veteran in the Organizing Industry, specializing in this area.
Also available at squallpress.net are free forms to help you prepare; including: Medical Information, Vital Contact Information and Family Communication/Reunion
2. Family Disaster Supplies & Preparedness Calendar – by Chevron, USA – available here
This 4 page calendar is broken down into a few items you should purchase each week and a few things you need to do each week for 6 months in order to create your disaster center. I found this guide to helpful in breaking it down into “bite-sized” pieces.
3. A Guide to being Prepared for when Disruptive Events Occur – by Cracolici & Associates – a 20 page FREE publication available here
Some of the information you’ll find in the guide is:
• Purchasing items for your stockpile
• Infant needs & non-food items
• Other “stuff” you may need
• Planning for infrastructure disruptions
• Power outages
• Water supply disruption/contamination
• Clothing needed to evacuate
• Emergency items in your vehicles
• Basic medical needs, health supplies/equipment
• Special needs & refrigerated medicines ã 2007 Eliminate Chaos, LLC
Susan Rothstein is the Co-Founder of Captio Corporation, creators of “organizers with a twist” ™
Captio’s unique organizers are part book, part file, all in a cool case. Each organizer focuses on a life stage or activity – with advice, tips and custom storage for paperwork and personal information. Susan has sent two children off to college, and the Captio CollegeCase organizer helped each make a seamless transition to independence.
When you register for the teleseminar, you will have the opportunity to submit your questions before the teleseminar. Susan and I will attempt to answer as many questions as possible during the hour long seminar. We won't be able to answer them all, so be one of the first to submit your question so it gets answered.
If you are not able to attend the seminar during this time - don't worry, we will make the seminar available to all that signed up for the seminar so even if you can't attend you can download it and listen to it on your MP3 player or PC.
Teleseminar: Conquering Chronic Disorganization - FREE to the first 200
What: Conquering Chronic Disorganizationwith Laura Leist and featuring special guest Judith Kolberg, author of Conquering Chronic Disorganization.
When: Wednesday, October 24th 5:15 PM Pacific Daylight Time
Limited to the first 200 phone lines or listen via the web!
Judith and I will be teaming up to help you Conquer Chronic Disorganization. Chronic disorganization is disorganization that undermines a person's quality of life and recurs despite traditional self-help efforts. Many just don't know where to start. By attending this seminar you will receive ideas to help Conquer Chronic Disorganization.
Featured Product: BusyBodyBooks - Family Planner & Fridge Pad Planner
The Un-dated, 7 Column Weekly Grid Pad has 52 undated weekly pages for the larger family and lots of space to list all of your To Do's.
It's magnetic, so you can place it on your Fridge, or hang on the wall.
Moms can coordinate individual family members, meal plans, babysitter schedules, holiday planning home project planning and more!
Students stay on top of their school projects, responsibilities and activities.
Professionals can track progress of work projects, clients and meetings.
How will you use your 7 Column Grid Pad?
Size - 11" x 8.5 "
BusyBodyBooks - The Weekly Grid 2008 Calendar
The Weekly Grid - 2008 Calendar helps you eliminate stress, save time and simplify life.
Between the beautiful covers, you will find everything a busy mom needs to coordinate up to 5 family members:
1. A planning calendar to record birthdays and anniversaries
2. Another calendar for next year's appointments
3. Months at a glance - for a quick overview
4. Handy, perforated shopping lists
5. Two inside pockets
6. A Bookmark
7. Contact Pages
8. Lots of Notes Pages
9. Film Laminated Covers
This calendar is very versatile and helps with the following:
1. Moms can coordinate individual family members, meal plans, babysitter schedules and more!
2. Students can stay on top of their school subjects, responsibilities and activities.
3. Professional can use it at work to track projects, clients and meetings.
In the Media: Entrepreneur Magazine - September 2007
For the 2nd time this year, Eliminate Chaos has been featured in Entrepreneur Magazine - in an article titled: Biz 101 - Bringing Order to Offices is Big Business, How 3 Entrepreneurs Snagged Their First Clients.If you have the magazine - see page 96, if not, click here.
Coming Soon: Microsoft Outlook Webinars for Versions 2003 & 2007
We are currently working on setting up the technology to deliver Webinars on Microsoft Outlook and will be announcing dates in the near future. We realize that many subscribers to our newsletter are not located in the Greater Seattle area, but want to take advantage of this training from your Home Office or Office.
In the mean time, if your company is looking for Outlook Training that will help increase productivity in the office, please contact me directly at to see how I can customize a program for your organization for an individual.
Planning an upcoming move? Eliminate Chaos Specialist are available to work with you Pre-Move, Day-of-Move and Post-Move to ensure a smooth transition into your new home or office. Whether you're moving locally, out of state, or into the state - we can assist you with part or all of your move. Because we have a large team of Specialists that are employees of Eliminate Chaos, you can be sure that your treasures will be well taken care of.
To give you an idea of how we can help eliminate the headaches associated with moving you will find a partial list of services we can help with. For additional information, please contact our office at 425.670.2551 or 877.342.8592.
Not sure what to give that loved one? Don't want to give them any more "stuff" they may not need or want? Gift Certificates make a great gift - enable those you love to take control of their time, their space and their stuff. Contact our office for pricing. 425.670.2551
"A big thanks to Julie and Terri for helping us to clear our clutter from our workshop and craft area in an effective, easy, non-judgmental way. My husband was blown away by the transformation, and we are liberated by the extra space and less "stuff". Thank you again, EC!" -Joyce and Marshall Rafferty - Seattle, WA .
A great way to try us out and get some organizing done at the same time! For a limited time, we are offering an amazing NEW client organizing special. If you are not an existing client this is a great way for us show you how we can eliminate your chaos.