GRAB LIFE BY THE HANDLE

Smead’s All-in-One Home Emergency Organizer helps prepare for hurricanes

GRAB LIFE BY THE HANDLE

HASTINGS, Minn. (June 13, 2007) — When disaster strikes time is of the essence. Events happen in the blink of an eye. Your family’s safety is of your immediate concern, but there are also belongings that are crucial to your life. Your insurance documents, medical and financial information and family records are vital in rebuilding your life or dealing with the aftermath. You can’t control a disaster, but you can plan and be prepared. Smead’s All-in-One Home Emergency Organizer helps you prepare for life after the storm.

The All-in-One Home Emergency Organizer allows you to grab life by the handle in the event of an emergency. The water resistant, expanding carrying case comes equipped with plenty of storage pockets to organize your documents. Electronic media pockets keep your CDs secure. Pre-printed and blank tabs are easy to label for quick indexing and document retrieval. Clear wallet folders allow for easy viewing, securely organizing both small and large documents.

After you have your Emergency Organizer packed and ready, store the case in an accessible location. With a sturdy handle, you can grab-and-go in a snap, just in case.

“In a crisis, you don’t have time to gather all your personal and home documents, especially if they’re not located in one place” said Jim Riesterer, Smead Vice President of Marketing. “With the All-in-One Home Emergency Organizer you can plan ahead and have everything you need in one secure, portable location. Simply grab the case and go. And you won’t have to worry about forgetting anything.”

FEMA and the Red Cross advise the following documents be kept in a portable container for easy transport: banking, credit and finance information, health information and records, important telephone numbers, insurance policies, set of keys, legal and family records, home and mortgage documents, photo IDs, pet information and vehicle documents. Provided in your Emergency Organizer is a checklist to help ensure that you include all of these items.

All-in-One Home Emergency Organizers are available in select Office Depot stores in FL, LA, TX, NC, SC and GA. Please call your nearest Office Depot location to check availability. More information and product ideas to help keep you organized are available at www.smead.com.

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Smead, www.smead.com, is a worldwide leader in office filing products and records management systems. For more than 100 years, Smead has brought a spirit of innovation and integrity to keeping businesses and home offices organized. Headquartered in Hastings, Minnesota, Smead is a privately held, woman-owned business offering 5,000 organizational products with more than 2,600 employees in 14 manufacturing plants located across North America and Europe, including its Smead-Europe operations in The Netherlands.