Things to think about BEFORE an emergency: 1. DOCUMENTS, RECORDS: Do you safely store important documents? What about important phone numbers, account numbers, passwords, medical records and so on? Do you have a current household inventory with accompanying receipts? 2. SAFETY MEASURES: Do you have a supply of flashlights, fresh batteries, candles, lighters, bottled water, foods that don’t require cooking, a first aid kit? Where are these items kept and do all of the family members know where they are? 3. VALUABLES: In case of an evacuation, do you have valuable items that are in a portable carrying case or backpack that can be accessed quickly and carried away easily? Are they in a central location near an exit? If you only had 30 minutes to pack your car and leave what would you want to take with you (in addition to family members and pets)? Lots of checklists are available to help you prepare in advance for an emergency. Get organized and do it now!
Here some ideas for organizing your pantry: TIP: Use clear containers and bins to hold items that are small like spices, fiber bars, or vitamin bottles. That way you can easily see what is inside, and catch spills. TIP: Store items in plastic or glass rather than fabric or metal containers.This will make clean up much easier. TIP: Utilize tiered shelves in order to maximize vertical space. This is a great way to see items that are in the back of your pantry. TIP: Keep a few extra chip clips in the pantry. Keeping containers and bags sealed will ensure their freshness.
Where and how you store your medical history is a personal decision. Consider access, privacy, and emergency preparedness when you weigh the benefits of relying on a hard copy and or electronic file. Do you have a personal safe or rent a safe deposit box? Does your emergency contact have a current copy? Your personal physician? First step, compile and organize the information. Second step, copy and store the information in ways that suit your needs. Have someone review it for accuracy and completeness.
Whether it is for you or a loved one it is important to organize your medical history, have it readily accessible, and stored safely. The advantages of this are that over time we cannot rely solely upon memory. An organized medical history may include past and present information about: Medications, vitamins, supplements Dates and results of examinations, vaccinations Dates of surgical procedures A list of medical providers, drug stores and their contact information