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Get Organized and Safe in the New Year

SAN DIEGO, Jan. 2, 2014 – A new year often brings new beginnings, a time when many make resolutions. January is also National Get Organized (GO) Month - a perfect time for individuals, families and businesses to organize and prepare for the year ahead.

Every January, the National Association of Professional Organizers San Diego Chapter (NAPO-SD) celebrates GO Month by selecting a non-profit to benefit from the organizing services of their chapter members. NAPO-SD has selected the American Red Cross San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter as the 2014 “GO” Month non-profit partner.

“The key to being prepared is getting organized,” said Tony Young, CEO of the San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter of the Red Cross. “While we preach preparedness and know disaster response, we also know there is always room for improvement. This is why we’re grateful for the partnership with NAPO San Diego. Their expertise will help enhance our response when disaster strikes.”

During National GO Month, the Red Cross and NAPO-SD are sharing tips with the public on how to refresh their emergency plans and kits. NAPO-SD will also help create a more organized, effective office and storage spaces for the disaster relief agency.

“Our members are excited to help the Red Cross create more efficient work spaces and overall operations,” said Jana Hartwell, CPO®, NAPO-SD’s chapter president. “The steps organizations and individuals take ahead of time are crucial to ensuring they effectively respond during emergencies.”

This partnership provides an ongoing opportunity to educate San Diego about the organizing profession while highlighting Prepare San Diego. In September 2013, the Red Cross along with key partners announced a four-year regional resiliency initiative driven by the Red Cross to help prepare the San Diego region for human emergencies and disasters. A key goal with the initiative is to facilitate a cultural shift to increase individual, organizational, and business preparedness. The desired result is to help one million people in San Diego County make an emergency plan, build a disaster kit or get trained to effectively respond.

Follow the conversation on social media by using #GOMonth and be sure to follow @SDICRedCross. The American Red Cross San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter and NAPO-SD will also be posting about GO Month on their Facebook pages and websites.

For more information about the Prepare San Diego initiative, please visit

For those interested in learning more about NAPO and GO Month, please visit

About the American Red Cross San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter

The American Red Cross San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter is the most trusted community service organization in education, preparation and response to natural disasters and human emergencies. With the public’s ongoing support we provide lifesaving preparedness training; disaster relief services; 24-hour emergency services to deployed military personnel and their families; and nutritional counseling through our Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program. Through Prepare San Diego, a four-year regional resiliency initiative, the Red Cross brings together key community and business leaders from the region to create a sustainable network that encourages preparedness, carries out response and recovery plans, and strives for resiliency in the face of disaster, meeting all aspects of the disaster lifecycle. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or connect with us on Facebook and YouTube and Twitter.

About the NAPO-San Diego Chapter

The NAPO-San Diego Chapter has 35+ members who serve all of San Diego County and outlying areas. NAPO Professional Organizers enhance the lives of clients by designing systems and processes using organizing principles and transferring organizing skills. NAPO Professional Organizers also educate the public on organizing solutions and the resulting benefits. Professional Organizers help individuals and businesses take control of their surroundings, their time, their paper, and their systems, for life. To find the right NAPO-SD Professional Organizer for you, please visit For free organizing tips and inspiration, follow us on Facebook.