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Preparedness is the only way we can combat a natural disaster.
| September is National Disaster Preparedness month. We often talk about being prepared. There are so many things we can do to help ourselves and our families be prepared if and when a disaster should strike. But, how many of us actually follow through and create plans which we then share with the other members of our family?
Let's think about some possible scenarios and then look at the things anyone can do to be more prepared.
Sometimes we have warnings that a natural disaster could hit our area. Think about fire warnings, hurricane and flood warnings. However; there is often very little time between the time a tornado warning is issued and the tornado strikes. So, what should we do?
We can stock our homes with some basic survival supplies like flashlights, a battery operated radio and batteries for the flashlight as well as the radio, canned goods (keep in mind that canned goods do have an expiration date - so use them before they expire and then replace them!) bottled water, granola bars, extra blankets, hand sanitizer. You can make a list that is appropriate for your family and area of the country. Please don't forget current medications! Have a place in your home where you keep these items and can easily put them together should the need arise.
Have an evacuation plan and practice it. Teach your children what to do, how they can get out of the house if there should be a house fire or flood.
Which room is the best room or area of the house to stay in if a hurricane or tornado is predicted? Is there enough room for everyone or do you need to find a couple of safe places?
If you're looking for a good book with excellent suggestions and strategies of how to prepare for a disaster check out Judith Kolberg's book: Organize for Disaster.
Another way to prepare ourselves is to have a complete home inventory. Why do you want this? Well, if your home is damaged or destroyed as a result of one of these natural disasters you will need proof of what the house contained. You will also need access to account numbers and insurance policy information.
The best way to keep this information is in the cloud. That way you can access the information from any computer at any time. The program I highly recommend is HomeZada. This program allows you store your inventory complete with pictures and other useful information that will help you with the upkeep and maintenance of your home. Check it out!
I hope you find these tips useful and will implement some of them!
"Now What? A Simple Organizing Guide"
I'm very proud to announce that the my book, "Now What? A Simple Organizing Guide" is available for you online!
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About the book
You think you have things pretty well-organized and then something happens, which upsets the balance in your life. You think to yourself, "Now what?"
"Now What? A Simple Organizing Guide"
provides straight-forward practical organizing tips to help you regain that balance. This is your guide to setting up a home, creating and maintaining a budget, and managing paperwork and time. It's also a guide to the habits and routines that will help you keep order in your busy life.
There is something for everyone in this well-crafted guide no matter what your age or your experience!
If you are looking for some great ideas and articles on organizing, as well as helpful tips and product information, check out a new magazine Getting Organized. Please click on the link below to learn more about this new and insightful magazine.
If you are a member of a professional group or organization or have a group of individuals that would like to share interesting and unique information, Jonda Beattie and I would be happy to talk to you. We have a variety of presentations which we can tailor
to your needs.
Jonda Beattie and I
can present the following workshops for your group:
Where does it all come from? How do we handle it? What to Keep? How Long to Keep it and How to Find it Again? This workshop is an hour long.
Paper Piles to Files
Bring a box or bag of papers and go home with labeled files. This 3 hour interactive workshop will enable you to organize and file the papers that get accumulated on your desk and countertops.
Plan to Lose
Learn how to organize your pantry & refrigerator,
plan your meals,
organize your grocery shopping list,
work exercise into your daily routine,
and plan to lose unwanted weight.
let me know about
Diane will be at the
Decatur Book Festival
September 5-6, 2015
Diane will be in the
Diane and Jonda Beattie have written a children's story book!
Suzie's Messy Room
Get Organized Booth #424 with Jonda Beattie
and Judith Kolberg.
The festival is one of the largest outdoor book festivals in the United States! Come say 'Hello'
Saturday, September 5
from 10:00am - 6:00pm
AND Sunday, September 6 12:00 - 6:00pm
For more information on the
Decatur Book festival, go to
is a wonderful story about
a 5 year old little girl who
doesn't know how to
pick up her room.
Find out how her mother
helps her go about this
task - her room is
You will be able to see "preview" of the book
Decatur Book Festival
Diane is attending the
Institute for Challenging Disorganization's
September 17 - 19
in Cleveland, Ohio.
This year the conference theme
is ICD ROCKS.
ROCKS stands for
Research, Opportunity, Collaboration, Knowledge
There will be many
Diane and Jonda Beattie are presenting the workshop:
Surviving the Holidaze
Saturday, October 24
from 10:30 - 11:30 am
Decatur Recreation Center,
231 Sycamore Street,
Diane and Jonda Beattie will have a booth at the
Elegant Elf Marketplace sponsored by the Sandy Springs Society.
The Marketplace will be
held at the
Lake Forest Elementary School in Sandy Springs on
Saturday, November 7
Sunday, September 8.
Be sure to stop by and
Thank you for reading the DNQ Solutions newsletter. If you enjoyed it, please forward it to your friends.
Diane N. Quintana, CPO®, CPO-CD®