Emergency Preparedness – Grab and Go Bag

While September is National Preparedness month, I am going
to post a little early due to our thoughts on what is currently happening with
Storm Isaac. When I see in the AJC “the rescued clutching what little they had
left” I wonder what was in their hands.
We might be tempted to think, “I don’t live in an area like
that. It will never happen to me.” As someone who was ordered to suddenly leave
their house due to the possibility of a tree descending on it, I can tell you
that we all need to be prepared for a disaster.
I have near my front door a Grab and Go Bag. I put this bag
together myself based on the information taken from Judith Kolberg’s book, Organize for Disaster.  It is an extremely comprehensive book and easy
to read and follow.  FEMA also has a
useful site – http://www.fema.gov/ – but is not so helpful about paperwork.
I must warn you, however, that it does take a considerable
amount of time to put the paperwork section of it together. I broke it down
into segments so that it would not be overwhelming and then I update it each
It gives me great comfort to know that this bag has much of
what I need in order to survive if I need to leave my home suddenly.
I recommend that you start today in putting together your
bag and plan for your family. Make it a goal to have it complete by the end of
September and then put it on your calendar to update it every year.

Jonda S. Beattie

Professional Organizer

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