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September is Emergency Prepardness Month

Emergency Preparedness Checklist

In preparation, it is critical one needs to put all of your life documents into a binder, plus take digital inventory of each room in your home. Don't wait for a crisis or an emergency. Be preparded.

Prepare and check when daylight savings time begins and ends!

Communicate your family plan to another family friend or relative.

For paper documents, place originals in safe or safe deposit box and carry copies with you in Life Document binder. Put all below in a plastic covered container(s) to prevent from getting wet and place in easy access area like garage or near the front door.

Social Security cards

 

Bottled water ( 1 gal per day per person) coolers

Insurance policies (Life, Home, Auto, and Flood)

 

Snacks

Passports

 

Travel food

Drivers License

 

Ice

Immunization records

 

Paper towels

Medical records

 

Toilet paper

Medication

 

Hand sanitizer

Birth certificates

 

Candles/matches or lighter

Checkbooks

 

Garbage bags 33 gallon

Credit cards

 

Tool kit

Debit cards

 

First Aid Kit

Will

 

Safe deposit box list and keys

Legal documents copy

 

2 to 3 plastic tarps

Valuables (jewelry and keepsakes)

 

Matches & lighter

Computer back up/ thumb drive

 

Rope

Cash ($500 suggested minimum)

 

Old quilts and blankets

Photos

 

Pet supplies & Food

Family phone book

 

Kids: Card and board games

Tax copies

 

Battery operated TV

Document carrier or safe

 

Battery operated radio

Batteries many sizes

 

Walkie talkies

Flashlights

 

Flips flops/extra shoes

Duct tape

 

Video camera & tapes of home

Propane tanks filled

 

Coolers

Cars filled up

 

Hand Can Opener

Gas in cans

 

Old clothes

Cell phones and chargers

 

Generator

Good sites to review:

www.redcross.org

Public Speaking

A Stress Free Transition During Life Cycle Events

Topics: All presentations are interactive and audience participation. All of the topics affect generations from the depression era to the millennial. From how products are in "vogue" or not, single family homes selling verses apartment living and the driven use of smart phones “technology” rather than the "old school uses of yellow page books and the like".

Fair Split- an internet platforn dividing on a "fair" division of family assets without dividing families.

This internet platform is an inventory with digital pictures of the property within a home. All family members who live locally or out of state from the home being dispersed don't have the financial burden of flying in or taking vacation time to clean out the house of parents or a loved one. It's like an auction but all personal and favorite possessions can be declared with points and emotional value. The "fair" division process is applied to allocate emotional and monetary values. Learn more. 

 

Plan Today Don’t Wait For A Crisis

Many times we receive the phone call that Mom or Dad has fallen. They left the hospital and now in rehab. Rehab said they cannot come back home to live. No prior planning or discussion with the family was ever done. What to do now? Many times the burden is on the other spouse, if living, or the adult children. Conflicts, consequences and what to do next. It’s now a crisis!

Household Possessions: No Longer Need Or Wanted? What’s It Worth? How To Disperse Those Items?

Times have changed with the marketplace. With all the depression era and boomer generation downsizing, generation X and Y don’t want their belongings. Who does? Trends on what’s selling and what’s not. Then what to do. Repurpose, donate, consign, auction, estate sales?

A Smooth and Stress Free Transition

What are the stages and processes to begin thinking of a move? Apartment, condo, retirement community? What do we do first, second and more? It’s an overwhelming tasks of being in a home whether 10, 20 to 50 years of stuff. How can Move Manager and a Professional Organizer help with this process? Steps, processes and stages to be discussed.

Organizing and Decluttering

Do you have two or three sizes of clothing in your closet for thinner or thicker feeling days? Do you still have clothes and gift items purchased still with price tags and never used or given away? Are your drawers, basement, garage, closets stuffed with items “I think I will need some day?” Tips, suggestions, ideas on letting go of the “stuff”. Discussing ROI (return on investment/inventory) and why it’s hard to let go. Organizational planning ideas.

Staging Your Home For Resale

Once you decide you want to sell your home, do you want to make a profit or lose money? As part of your planning process, preparing at least six months to a year to prepare and sale your home can save you money and time. Tips on neutralizing your home, packing items you want to keep, selling or dispersing items you don’t want, and more. Finding a qualified realtor to work with. Questions and answers you need to know. This could be a joint presentation by home stager, organizer and a realtor.

A Panel of Experts

Participation in a panel of experts such as: financial planner, accountant/CPA, elder law attorney, estate liquidator, senior care advocate, move manager/professional organizer, and real estate agent presenting tips, facts, latest trends, items to be aware of and more. Active audience participation.

Pros and Cons to Aging In Place

This presentation talks about home organization. How to make the home safe so Mom or Dad don’t fall. Removing excess clutter and debris no longer needed. Making the three rooms they currently occupy on a daily basis organized, clutter free and ease of movement. Re-organizing the kitchen for items easier to reach and devices put in place for emergencies. How to discuss with the entire family on what needs to be done.

The Digital Age

What needs to be scanned and shredded? How to reduce clutter by digitizing photos, slides, VHS tapes. Scanning documents onto DVD. What years to keep and then shred? Digitize home inventory and life documents. How to get organized now before a move.