Emergency Preparedness Checklist

When disaster strikes, it's too late to think about what you should have done to prepare. Yet most people are underprepared. This is often because they feel totally overwhelmed by the scale of the project and the many decisions associated with creating an emergency plan.*

If getting your home prepared for an emergency is one of your resolutions for 2020, our handy checklist will help get you started! 
  • Create a family evacuation, escape and communication plan. We like this one from FEMA
  • Store your essential and important documents in a fire safe and / or scan them to have them in a second location. We like the Scanner Pro app
  • Create a Home and Office inventory (especially important for insurance claims). We recommend using an app like Home Inventory or Nest Egg
  • Collect memorabilia in one easy-access location
  • Declutter to create trip-free areas (especially important during power outages and with smoke filled air)
  • Clear emergency exits and remove or store hazardous items; store household items in unobtrusive locations
  • Organize your first aid kit
  • Check to make sure you have your fire extinguishers at easy-grab locations and inform family members where they are
  • Teach smoke alarm safety to young children
  • Organize your kitchen, pantry and refrigerator for ease of use and remove expired items (that can cause food poisoning, etc.)
  • Stock up on nutritious items
  • Create a Grab and Go bag for each family member filled with spare clothes, toiletries, etc.
  • Create a disaster supply area in the pantry or stock a safe room, and organize your existing disaster provisions
  • Organize essential pet and animal supplies, and create a 'Save the Pets' plan
*A professional organizer can help you create a plan and prepare for anything - it's one of the requests we love fulfilling for our clients! Please get in touch if you would like some support.

On the Blog

Interview with Productivity and Happiness Maven, Paloma Medina of 11:11 Supply

by Veronica Bishop

This month, we are so excited to interview Paloma Media, owner of  11:11 supply, a Portland boutique that specializes in beautiful organizational work tools to aid productivity and create balance. 

Paloma is also a  coach and trainer, and she speaks on topics ranging from equity and inclusion to the science of managing goals and stress. If you are in Portland, we highly recommend the  11:11 workshops which cover organization, productivity and general life betterment.

As you know, we are giant nerds when it comes to anything related to organization and productivity. Chatting with Paloma was so inspiring, and we hope she inspires you too!

Portland Events

Event: Chaos to Calm: Organizing Solutions for Busy Families

Between work, parenting, and running a household, many parents are stressed and overwhelmed, especially when it comes to getting and staying organized. That's where 5S comes in! 

5S is a Lean organization method that provides clear organizing steps to make any project successful.   At this event, Madeline Lewis from Organizers Northwest will break down the 5S process, focusing on the areas of the home where parents often need help.  We  will include tips, strategies ,  and a Q&A to provide actionable organizing systems you can begin implementing right away!  We'd love to see you there. Come with questions, leave with solutions!

Hosted by Lara James, Portland Premiere
Date: Thursday, March 5th
Time: 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Location: Keller Williams Portland Premiere
7504 SW Bridgeport Rd
Portland, OR 97224
RSVP: Please send an RSVP  to LaraJames@KW.com by January 28th, subject line:  Organizing Event

Recycling Info Event:
I'd Rather be Metal than Plastic

Many of us are trying to minimize the amount of single-use plastic in our lives, but it can be difficult to know where to start. Jenny Slepian, the City of Lake Oswego's sustainability manager, will help with this discussion about what can be recycled and what can't; she'll also offer fun, easy and creative ways to replace those plastics with more durable alternatives. Come prepared for handouts and a little show-and-tell! Presented by Lakewood Associates. 

Date: Thursday, February 20, 2020
Time: 10:45am to 12:00pm
Location: Lakewood Center for the Arts Community Room,  368 S. State Street,  Lake Oswego, OR 97034
RSVP: Reservations are required by email at  lakewoodcenterassociates@gmail.com  or by phone at 503-342-6702; cost is $15 for lunch.

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