How to be Prepared for Next Time: 5 Essentials That Help in a Storm

If Hurricane Sandy taught us one thing, it's the importance of being prepared. Many refused to heed the warnings from the local, state, and federal government, and as a result their material losses were great. By now it's obvious that one never knows what types of natural disasters lie ahead and you can never be too prepared. Its important to keep yourself and your personal belongings organized and protected.

We checked in with Beth Brodsky, President and Founder of B ORGANIZED, LLC to get her tips and go-to essentials for storing your valuables and being ready for whatever nature brings.

1. Monkey Bars Garage Storage Systems, Available at; Prices Vary
If you store memorabilia and photos in the basement or garage, it is absolutely imperative that you store the items off of the ground as high up as possible. These steel bars are made by an awesome company.

2. The Vital Records Portavault $69.95, Available at for $69.95
When it comes to keeping track of your vital documents, you should have them all safely stowed in one place. This carry all Portavault from Securita is crucial for when you need to evacuate the house with little notice and want to be sure you and have your important papers with you. The last thing you want to do in an emergency is scramble to find what you need.

3. Watertight File Box, Available a for $20.99
For files you must leave behind, these water tight files boxes are a lifesaver. They fit both letter and legal files and will keep your documents from getting destroyed.

4. Watertight Totes, Available a for $14.99-$21.99 each
For all other items- linens, childhood memorabilia, photo albums, etc… watertight totes are a must.

5. Astro Super Flashlight, Available at for $15
Its amazing how few people have flashlights in their apartment. This one from Brookstone is incredibly small but powerful with a battery life of 100,000 hours.

To get more useful tips from professional organizer Beth Brodsky, click here to visit her Facebook page.