The purpose of this blog post is to provide the second installment in my disaster preparedness series, electronics, the importance of having one designated home and the criticality to power up.

“You never know when disaster will strike.  When it does, your mobile phone can be a lifeline in so many ways.” – Adam Bockler

In a recent survey published by Pew Research Center, in June 2019, 96% of all Americans own a cellphone. 81% of Americans use a smartphone device.  It is of little surprise to most Americans how much we depend on our cell phones.

Questions to ask yourself now:

If a disaster took place right now, what is your mobile phone battery percentage? 

Do you charge your phone at night? 

The ability to have and use our phones during a disaster is critical.  In many cases, power can be knocked out for hours leading into days.  Communicating through our smartphones via calls or texts is a common daily practice.  Below are a list of questions to ask yourself today to prepare for the unknown.

Where should I store my electronics?

Answer:  Establish one designated home that is easy to access in a moment’s notice. 

Typically, recommendations are to store electronics outside of the bedroom for best sleep.  However, if a disaster takes place in the middle of the night, you need to be able to access your cell phone immediately.  This does not mean I advocate next to the bed; however, is there an area within the bedroom, or close to the bedroom, that you can place your electronics as well as charge your electronics? 

At night, where do I store my electronics? If the answer is, anywhere there is an electrical source, stop!  Create one home for your electronics that is easy to access.

Do I charge my electronics each night? If the disaster takes place in the middle of the night, and you are waiting to charge your phone in the morning, you are setting yourself up for failure. Imagine operating at less than 50% with no power source available for an unknown period of time. 

Do not add unnecessary stress to the disaster.  Mitigate now!  Create habits that will enable you to work through the disaster as capable as possible. 

What technology items do I need during a disaster?

For each of us, this answer will vary slightly.  Below are the most common technology supplies needed and or wanted:

Cell phones/smart phones

Plug ins/cords

Cell phone battery backup

Additional technology equipment: iPad, car charger, power strip, lap top

How can a professional organizer assist you to prepare for the unknown? 

Working along with a professional organizer to prepare for disasters allows you to find the items needed, to establish designated homes, as well as to assist you in creating your disaster plans.  Hiring a professional organizer eliminates the emotional attachment and provides the relief you desire.  For a listing of professional organizers in your area, you can turn to the National Association of Productivity & Organizing Professionals (NAPO).   

Recently, I was the featured guest with the National Association of Organizing professionals and Productivity specialists (NAPO) Stand Out podcast, Episode #41: How to prepare for disasters with Lisa Witzleben.  Listen and learn more here.

You can do this!  Unclutter Me is here to assist you.

Refresh.  Renew.  Live Simply 

“First, I prepare.  Then I have faith.” – Joe Namath