Creating an Emergency Plan for Home and Office

The recent devastation in Japan is a good reminder to all of us that we should be prepared in the event of an emergency.  Because we did not have a disaster plan in our household or office, I decided to do some research to find out what we needed.  I wanted to share my findings with you so that you can organize your own emergency plan:

  • Disaster Kits – For a comprehensive list of items to be included in your kit to go the FEMA website.  If you do not have the time to create your own kit, you can purchase kits for your pets, home, office and car at QuakeKare.
  • Communication Plan – Figure out how you will contact co-workers and family members if you are not together when disaster strikes, make sure all everyone has emergency contact information and plan a meeting place.  For more information go to Ready America.

  • Plan for Emergencies – This includes escape routes, family communications, utility shut-off (especially gas), vital documents, safety skills and much more.  Here are some great guidelines to help you create this plan.
  • ICE – Program emergency contact information under ICE (In Case of Emergency) in your cell phone for paramedics and other emergency personnel.

If you do not have an emergency plan, I encourage you to create one and update it regularly as circumstances in your office or home change. Having a plan will help reduce anxiety in a difficult situation and will give you guidance on how to respond.' About Melissa Stacey

Melissa Stacey with Feeling Organized specializes in organization for your home, office, and small business. She works with each client to create a unique system that's geared toward their specific needs, lifestyle, and/or work style. Some of Melissa’s expertise includes filing systems, paper management, closet spaces, offices, and work flow. As a WIC Board member, Melissa oversees WIC’s finances, silent auction, and sponsorship initiatives.

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