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How many people do you speak with on a given day? And how many of those numbers do you know off the top of your head?  Nowadays, we store every number down to the pizza guy in our cell phones which makes it convenient for us, but it’s important to have these numbers accessible to our spouses, kids and babysitters who are not with us at all times.

My organizing tip: Create an emergency contact list of all the key people in your lives.
Everyone’s list will vary slightly, but be sure to include the following:
·         Emergency information including 911, poison control and non emergency fire and police.
·         You and your spouse’s work and cell numbers
·         Doctors numbers
·         Pharmacy
·         Neighbors
·         Friends you or your kids speak with on a regular basis
·         Family such as grandparents, aunts, uncles or cousins
·         Local restaurants
·         Any other miscellaneous numbers that you call regularly

Once you have completed your list (I create mine in Excel so I can easily make changes as necessary), print a copy and place it in a central location such as the kitchen or mudroom that people frequent.

Having these numbers accessible enables everyone in the family easy access to information that they may need. If you have small children, this is a great way for them to learn phone numbers and demonstrate their independence by getting the information on their own as opposed to relying on an adult to do it for them (remember, I’m all about empowering kids to be independent and self reliant).

Of course it goes without saying that having this type of list is beneficial in case of a true emergency.  Not having to stop, think or look up an important number saves valuable time in a crisis.

Be prepared, be proactive, and be organized.